SERVICE PROTECTION DOGS
Wherever our clients go, they are protected, guided and served by our GatorlandK9 International Service Protection Dogs
When you think of a Service or Protection Dog, what comes to mind? A beautiful German Shepherd wearing a harness with a handle, guiding a blind person or an attentive Labrador helping someone who is deaf or in a wheelchair. We DO cater to our clients with physical disabilities however we also cater to clients who live with anxiety, ptsd and other neurological challenges.
Dogs have been known as man’s best friend for a long time. Now more than ever, this is true, as we become more familiar with the human-animal bond, we find more ways that the relationship between a human and a dog can actually help to heal the human. Dogs are now visiting nursing homes and hospitals and helping to bring moments of peace and happiness to someone who is lonely or in pain.
Any person who has been through a traumatic experience can suffer pain in the form of depression and post traumatic stress syndrome. Women who have been assaulted or abused can suffer also from repressed feelings of guilt and shame. These feelings can literally take someone’s life away. It becomes hard to perform simple tasks and going into public can become impossible without bringing on anxiety attacks. This causes the person to be isolated which aggravates the depression. A woman will also be afraid to go out alone because she can no longer trust her fellow human and she feels vulnerable.
Brian Laverty and his Service Dog "Mamba"
Veteran Mark Berry and his Service Dog Naya
A German Shepherd that has been specially trained to assist and protect a person can be a vital key to giving this woman or man his life back. The dog, if trained and certified as a Service Protection Dog will be able to accompany the handler into all public places nd help them feel more secure, comfortable and safe as well as lend anxiety relief should panic set in. The training is custom tailored to the individual client as each person has their own needs and specifications. The dog will be trained to learn cues to help their handler navigate through a difficult or uncomfortable situation.
The trainer really takes on a dual role of trainer and handler during the training process and must be familiar in helping the handlers learn to trust the dog. Trust plays an important role in the needs of a patient with post traumatic stress disorder and can also be trained to assist with medication or experience anxiety in a public forum. Our service dog training also caters to physical limitations and our dogs can be trained to retrieve along with other physical assisted tasks.
Service Dog Jessi with her handler
The Service Dog will become extremely bonded to its new owner,
as the German Shepherd has an uncanny ability to sense the needs of a human
and will adapt it’s training to very specific needs of each client.
Gatorland K-9 International is proud to offer our German Shepherd’s
to help with this very specialized role of Service Protection Dogs.
To request more pictures or information, Call Ted (386) 337-0730
Jessica and her GatorlandK9 International Service Dog "Jersey"
We are proud to offer PTSD/TBI Service Dogs for our 100% Disabled Veterans