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Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization based in Shelburne Falls, MA, provides service dogs and service dog training and support services. We develop dogs’ abilities to sense their guardian’s mental, emotional, neurological and/or physical needs and respond in ways that enable our clients to cope with and overcome challenges that they experience. We create cooperative and mutually beneficial relationships with dogs that provide invaluable assistance to disabled individuals.
We provide Psychiatric & Medical Alert Service Dogs to those in need!
Psychiatric Service Dogs assist those with "invisible disabilities" such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety disorders, social phobias, autism, developmental delays, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Service tasks taught for such conditions include: signaling for behavior, such as nudging when dissociative behavior begins; standing between the guardian and others when in public to increase personal space; ; turning on lights before entering a dark room; deep pressure therapy; entering and searching a home before the guardian enters; interrupting panic attacks in a way that 'grounds’ the guardian in the moment; waking the guardian from nightmares; waking guardian from oversleeping; reminding guardian to go to bed; locating objects (keys, phone, etc.); and interrupting repetitive or self-destructive behaviors. Specialized tasks for our Medical Altert service dogs focus on teaching dogs how to react when a medical condition occurs. Responses may include bringing a phone so that their guardian can call for help; staying by their guardian’s side; laying across their guardian’s body; barking to alert someone to the guardian’s condition; licking face of semi-conscious or unconscious guardian in order to rouse them; or finding another person to render assistance.
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