|10-08-2013 07:56 PM|
I would research this folder in dept
Guide, Therapy & Service Dogs - German Shepherd Dog Forums
It would be great for your brother to have a good calm dog for a companion anyways.
|10-08-2013 04:52 PM|
There are many organizations that train Service Dogs. I would go here and search for programs in your area Assistance Dogs International : Programs Search
Many programs provide a dog at no cost, but they often have a rather long waiting list, up to 6 years. Other programs do charge money but have many fundraisers that can help you pay for the dog.
One thing to keep in mind is that you will most likely not be able to pick the breed of dog you get. They match dogs based on temperament and your lifestyle, not by what breed you prefer
|10-08-2013 01:35 PM|
|Andaka||Providing Service Dogs to Children Worldwide | 4 Paws for Ability This is an organization that provides service dogs to children.|
|10-08-2013 11:27 AM|
If your brother meets the standards of disability then there are foundations out there who are organized to supply the dog to the disabled person at no charge. Most of those foundations are Non-profit and survive on the kindness of their supporters and through the contracts they have to provide these type of dogs within the Disabled community. The average waiting time for a service dog is usually about 18 months and has to be recommended for him by his physician in charge of his care. Once your brother is placed on a list he will be trained how to hande the dog and how to take care of it because it will be a life long placement for the dog until it reaches it's retirement age. He can then adopt the dog as a permanent "pet" or allow the foundation to find the dog a retirement situation. I currently have two such dogs from a local foundation who failed to complete the training to be given to veterans with brain injuries, so opportunities for great service dogs and even better "pets" exist like that just about everywhere. Hope this helps and you might also look in the section of the forum about service dogs and you can read what constitutes a disability and what you need to do to get on the list for a dog. Hope this helps.
|10-08-2013 11:15 AM|
|holland||I just found this through google-so don't know anything about them www.servicedogsofamerica.org -looks like the child has to be 8|
|10-08-2013 08:52 AM|
GSD for a disabled person
Hi all. I'm fairly new to the forum and this is my first post. I was wondering about a GSD dog to help my little brother. He uses a walker, but only for a few months. He usually gets pushed around in a wheelchair. He is also legally blind. I am wondering how you get a service dog? Also, are there any programs to help pay for the cost of the dog? How much will a dog cost? I did a google search and didn't really come up with much info. I may have overlooked/looked in the wrong links.
Any help is appreciated.
Thank you very much.