Service Dogs for America (SDA) is located in Jud, North Dakota has been changing lives through training and placing service dogs since 1989.
SDA has been accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) since May 2010, and is proud to be a best practices organization. SDA currently trains mobility assistance, emergency medical response (EMR), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) service dogs.
Mobility assistance dogs perform a variety of tasks for their human partners, like bumping the button on automatic doors, retrieving dropped items, and bringing out-of-reach objects to hand, such as a ringing phone. With a properly retrofitted home, a mobility assistance dog can tug open doors, close them again, turn lights on and off, and summon help by finding another person in the house.
EMR dogs are trained to respond to a medical event, such as an epileptic seizure or diabetes-related fluctuations in blood sugar. EMR dog’s training includes seeking help when a medical event occurs, the dogs are trained to find a specific person by name, or to press an alert button that could sound an alarm in another part of the house. An EMR dog will snuggle next to their partner and provide a reassuring presence as a person regains consciousness or function.
PTSD service dogs are trained to recognize and interrupt the behaviors associated with anxiety, panic attacks, and nightmares. PTSD dogs will also create space in a non-aggressive manner, lead an individual safely to an exit when experiencing anxiety, and get help by alerting another person through an emergency button or alert system.
An extremely unique feature of SDA is the dual and triple training of dogs, meaning dogs are often trained in more than one skill set. For example, a dog may be trained in both mobility assistance and emergency medical response. The ability for SDA service dogs to have single, dual, and triple skills sets is increasingly critical as individuals often need support in many ways.
We greatly appreciate your support in allowing us to continue to change lives through fully trained service dogs.