At Argos K9, we’re committed to providing you with the resources you need to find your new service dog – and family member!
Join us at one of our upcoming events, and help support our work!
Saturday May 13th
Autism Speaks Walk at Soldier Field, Chicago IL
Sunday September 17th
Ride for Autism Speaks Chicago IL
Have questions about our services? Feel free to contact us at any time to discuss. In the meantime, here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:
- How can Argos K9s help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Argos K9s Autism service dogs can bridge the gap between your autistic child and others. Their innate ability to sense emotions and intentions is paired with our training to help keep your child safe from bullies and strangers and also to act as a “bridge” to connect your child with others. Autism service dogs are also trained in Tethering and Tracking to keep your child from wandering off and are aware and alert around water to ensure safety for your child.
- What breeds of dogs does Argos K9 use?
Argos K9 trains Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, German Shorthair Pointers, and Dutch Shepherds to become service dogs for individuals and families in need. These breeds have a propensity to work and bond strongly with their handler. Argos K9 starts with 8-12 week old puppies from breeders who whose primary breeding goals are the temperament, physical health, working ability, and longevity of their dogs.
- How long does it take to train an Argos K9 service dog?
Training can take anywhere from 12 months to 2 years, depending on the type of services your family needs. The dog must be trained to mitigate your disability, and must behave appropriately in public to avoid being removed. This means there are two main facets of service dog training: public access behaviors, and disability-related work and tasks.
Our service dogs start out their training with six months of environmental and social conditioning and exposure. This allows the dogs to have a smooth transition into their task and purpose training.
- What kinds of service dogs does Argos K9 train?
We train dogs to assist people suffering from seizures, diabetes, post-traumatic stress (PTS), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), autism, and any combination of these.
- Who qualifies for a Argos K9 dog?
Contact us to learn if you qualify for an Argos K9 dog.
- What do service dogs do?
A service dog helps a person with a disability achieve independence. The dog reduces that person’s reliance on other people by doing tasks that the person either cannot do for him/herself or needs to ask for another person’s assistance to do.
A service dog can give a person with a disability the support and confidence to travel outside the home independently, (re)join the workforce, or even just accomplish the everyday tasks of living. A service dog can be trained to do tasks such as:
- Provide balance support or assist his partner in sitting, standing, or walking
- Alert his partner to important sounds such as the doorbell, alarm, or the partner’s name being called
- Retrieve items, open and close doors and cabinets, operate light switches and automatic door openers
- Wake his partner from a debilitating nightmare
- Recognize and alert his partner to specific signs of anxiety
- Seek help for his partner in emergencies
- Alert his/her charge if insulin is low
- Prevent a child from dashing into the street by tethering
- Give a verbal alert if child is turning on or off water or leaving the house
- Tracking if a child has wandered
- Perform water rescue
- Domicile Clearing
- I have a dog already. Can you train him to be my service dog?
Unfortunately, no. The job of a service dog is not an easy one. It takes a very special dog to succeed and most do not. We work closely with chosen breeders to obtain the best puppy possible to meet your needs.
- What’s the best way to contact Argos K9?
Because of the limited number of staff and volunteers, the best way to contact Argos K9 is through email. Please review our website thoroughly to see if the answer to your question is already provided. All inquiries are very important to us and will be answered as soon as possible in order of priority. Thank you for your understanding.
- How is Argos K9 different from other service dog providers?
At Argos K9 we separate ourselves from other companies with our customer service. From the fist time you talk to Deborah and Jacob to the day your specialized K9 comes home, you will be an integral part of the training process. Our dogs are never built on an assembly line but customized to your individual needs.
How can I support Argos K9? We rely on support from people like you to make our service dog training affordable for families who need it. You can donate to assist one of our clients to help them raise funds to get their service dog, or you can partner with Argos K9 making a general donation.
We have a special partnership with the following groups and organizations
- American Legion
- Autism Society
- Various veteran Groups
We are committed to ensuring that our service dogs go to the people who need them – regardless of their income level. That’s why we provide a number of fundraising resources to help you connect with your new family member. Here are a few ways Argos K9 can help:
Savers Donation Drive
- Chelsea Hutchison Foundation (for those suffering from epilepsy)
- National MS Society (for those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis)
- ADUC-Assistance Dog United Campaign: Every year in April and May, ADUC accepts applications for service dog vouchers. These vouchers are available for service, hearing, and guide dogs provided by a member program in the amount of $5,500. Learn more here.
Athena Canine Companions (ACC)
22 veterans commit suicide a day, most due to PTS.
“1996 and 2000 Service Dog Studies, demonstrate the enormous productivity increase and medical cost decrease when using service dogs to assist wheelchair clients and clients with other disabilities. The same factors apply to service dogs teamed with veterans with PTS/TBI.” (animaltail.org)
“the Defense Department is financing a $300,000 study that will pair troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with dogs trained to sense when their masters are about to have a panic attack and give them a calming nudge or nuzzle. [McClatchyDC]
In 2009, 2010, and 2011, accidental drowning account for 9% of the total U.S. deaths reported for children with Autism ages 14 and younger.
65% of parents of austistic children have reported that their child has been victimized by peers in some way within the past year; 47% reported physical violence.
62% of families of autistic children reported that a fear of elopement or “wandering” prevented them from attending or enjoying activities outside the home.
“In one study of 22 children…kids were more talkative and socially engaged during therapy sessions where a dog was present. In another study, of 12 boys, the children were less aggressive and smiled more when their therapy session included a canine companion.” (HealthDay.com)