We are searching for individuals, kids, and families in the Lakeland area to join our puppy raiser team!
ASA offers the opportunity for kids to participate in this hands-on training experience with our temperament tested Assistance Dogs in training.
As a Puppy Raiser you will care for the pup in your home. Some of our requirements include: 1)Attending or dropping the pup at our Jr. Trainer class every Sunday at 2:00 (in Lakeland) 2)Following a provided daily schedule 3)Daily training, approximately 30-45 minutes 4)Sending videos of the training (3 times weekly) to allow Miss Amanda to respond with pointers and adjustments to the training plan. 5)Must be 8 or older to become a Jr. Trainer or Puppy Raiser 6)Must live within 1 hour of Lakeland 7)Must not have any dog-aggressive animals in the home
ASA provides everything you’ll need to care for the pup, including food, toys, crate, training equipment, and vet care. No extended commitment required to participate.
We have a variety of dog breeds and ages in the training program, some hypoallergenic. The dogs in training range anywhere from 10 weeks to 2 years old.
At our weekly Jr Trainer KIDS class, we discuss: How the week of training pups went, the next step in the training process for each Jr. Trainer and pup, the importance of mental and physical exercise, individuals with disabilities and how we can help, working dogs, safety, grooming, vet care, acting appropriately around dogs, and last but not least, the awesome world of training!
Our teaching methods emphasize structure, fairness, focus, compassion, attention to detail, planning, empathy, responsibility, and finding the enjoyment in "work".
Jr. Trainers also participate in helping us train other "assistance dogs in training", along with previous clients in need of refresher training. They might meet Maggie the wheelchair assistance Service Dog, Bryzzo the Autism Service Dog, or Juju the Therapy Dog back for refresher training and/or re-certification.
Education is the primary goal of the ASA organization. We train dogs, handlers, recipients, family members, healthcare professionals, trainers, and the general public, now were educating our future generations- the kids!
The mission of the ASA Service Dogs 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization is very simple in concept, yet complex in execution; the potential outcome is limitless. Our ongoing goal is to place exceptionally trained service dogs in the home of children and adults that have physical and/or mental disabilities. This incredibly beneficial resource is not always obtainable to those individuals that need a service dog the most. With the assistance of outside resources, our organization strides to offer service dogs at a significantly reduced cost to qualified individuals.
ASA Service Dogs offers an effective and significantly beneficial resource for physically and/or mentally disabled individuals. We provide uniquely trained service dogs that perform specialized tasks for the disabled child or adult; resulting in an enhanced quality of life for the dog, the recipient, as well as the recipient's friends and family. ASA provides PTSD, Autism, Mobility Support, Peanut Allergy Alert, Wheelchair Assistance, Hearing Alert, and Psychological Service Dogs custom trained for the unique needs of each recipient. Here at ASA Service Dogs, recipient/handler education and superior quality training is not only the standard, it is our passion.