Argos K9 works tirelessly to train the dogs that will not only assist you or someone you love, but that will also become a part of your family!
Service Dog Training
Service dogs are invaluable partners for individuals living with disabilities. They provide greater independence, freedom from fear, peace of mind, and support. And, with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with disabilities have the right to have their service dogs with them in public spaces and facilities.
Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) Service Dogs
With 22 veterans a day committing suicide, PTS is an all-too-real fact in today’s world. At Argos K9, we’re committed to lowering this sobering statistic.
We specialize in training service animals for those suffering from PTS and its symptoms, including anxiety, nightmares, and uneasiness in large crowds. Our K9s perform tasks ranging from physical assistance to emotional support, domicile clearing and deep pressure therapy.
With their unique ability to anticipate human emotions, dogs have a unique bonds with humans that is restricted only by our limitations in helping them understand what we want them to do. That’s where Argos K9 comes in. Jacob and Deborah – both veterans – are intimate with the struggles service members encounter and work to bridge the communication gap between dogs and their handlers, helping to create a life-changing relationship.
PTS is not a struggle unique to veterans. It can affect any person who has experienced a traumatic event. At Argos K9, we understand this, and we’re committed to helping anyone suffering from the affects of PTS. Our service dogs help those with PTS to manage their symptoms and return to normal, day-to-day life.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Service Dogs
At Argos K9, the animals that enter our ASD program are trained to perform a long list of ever-changing duties. This makes them invaluable to both children with ASD and their families as they go about normal, day-to-day activities. The K9s we train are not only service animals but also family members and protectors of their charges. Here are a few ways in which they can help:
Water Protection: In 2009, 2010, and 2011, accidental drowning account for 91% of the total U.S. deaths reported for children with Autism ages 14 and younger. (Source here) At Argos K9, we’re unwilling to accept that statistics, and we work with our service dogs to prevent that nightmare. We have established a training regimen that teaches our K9s to be alert and to guard their charges against water accidents and, if needed, to perform a water rescue.
Bullying & Stranger Danger: Argos K9 animals are trained to be their for their charges when others might not be. 65% of parents of autistic children have reported that their child has been victimized by peers in some way within the past year; 47% reported that their child had been struck or injured by their peers. (Source here) To combat this unfortunate reality and bring some relief from worry, Argos K9 trains its dogs to be alert to others and to threating situations. Our situational training, coupled with these dogs’ innate ability to sense emotions and intentions, will help both you and your child feel safe.
Wandering: 62% of families of autistic children reported that a fear of elopement or “wandering” prevented them from attending or enjoying activities outside the home. (Source here) The Tether/Tracking program offered at Argos K9 helps give back some peace of mind and confidence so that you and your child can enjoy a more complete lifestyle. Along with tethering training, we teach our K9s advanced tracking normally only seen in Search and Rescue K9s. We believe that the safety of your child should be the number concern, so our main goal is to train K9s who can do that while also providing a sense of normalcy.
These are just small examples of how a service dog from Argos K9 can open the door for families to regain their independence and freedom!
Diabetic Assist Service Dogs
The nose of a dog is said to be 1,000 times keener than that of a human. When you’re cooking chili, you smell chili. But a dog smells onions, red chili peppers, tomatoes, beans, hamburger, and more. Because of their keen sense of smell, dogs have been used for may years to detect narcotics, explosives, and even health conditions like a drop in blood sugar or the onset of a seizure.
At Argos K9, we utilize this sense of smell and train our K9s to detect ketones – a chemical change that occurs when insulin levels drop. Our dogs are able to detect this life-threatening condition and alert their charges in various ways, including a nudge, an active alert, and/or retrieving juice.
Seizure Assist Service Dogs
Seizure Assist Dogs have been known to bond so strongly with their charges that they can detect a seizure up to an hour before it occurs. This gives their handler time to take medication, lie down, or leave a crowded area.
At Argos K9, we harness dogs’ instincts for protecting members of their “pack.” As a member of your family, your K9 will be an alarm system that is on duty at all times. The K9’s ability to read emotions allows it to pick up on a change in body language much sooner than a human can, and we harness this ability, teaching your dog to guard you and your family while still behaving obediently for you.
Scent Detection Dog Training
We tap into dogs’ highly-developed sense of smell and their “prey drive” to detect for narcotics and other items.
Obedience Dog Training
With our extensive experience training service animals, there is no better organization to help obedience-train your current dog. Our positive training methods yield results and give you the tools and techniques to continue to work with your dog.
We offer both In-Home Training (starting at $75/hour) or In-Center Training on a month-to-month basis. The duration of these trainings are up to you and your needs! Contact us today for more details and to learn how we can help. These services are scheduled based upon availability and current workload.