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Does your child have a diagnosis of Autism?
Are you (third party handler applicant) currently employed full time outside of the home? Applicants must be able to prove utilization of an autism service dog.
Does your child like dogs?
Are you able to afford the costs of caring for a service dog to include food, equipment, supplies and veterinary care for the lifetime of the dog, an average of $50-$200/month?
Do you have more than 1 (one) pet dog in the household? Even though service dogs are highly skilled animals, when too many competing motivators such as household pets are present in the home environment, their ability to focus and stay on task could markedly decrease and this will require the handler to work even harder to manage and maintain the training of the service dog.
List all pets in household (include species, breed & age)
Are you able to leave your family and travel for a week in order to participate in a classroom/ group setting for Team Training?
It is a requirement that our dogs are always supervised by their handler or safely crated. They are not allowed to have free run of the house or put outside because that gives them an opportunity to practice unwanted behavior which can affect their effectiveness as a service dog. Our service dogs cannot be crated for longer than 6 hours and for more than one day at a time, as this will affect their overall utilization and ability to work. Can you meet these requirements?
TLC uses only positive reinforcement training methods. A service dog’s training must be maintained by their recipient. If selected, are you willing to use only positive reinforcement training methods and actively participate in the dog’s ongoing training, annual assessments and health checks for the working life of the dog?
Is your child receiving ABA therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, or some other type of therapy or support services related to your child’s diagnosis of autism?
List all household members. (Include age & relation)