FAQ's - Skills

Does C.H.A.M.P., Inc. place Guide Dogs/Hearing Dogs/Emotional Support Service Dogs?
No. See our C.H.A.M.P.ion Placement Categories for descriptions of the types of dogs we place.

Can a C.H.A.M.P., Inc assistance dog alert me to oncoming seizures?
We do not train dogs for seizure alert or seizure response.

I am disabled and would like my dog to protect me, in addition to performing normal service dog tasks. Will you train a dog for me?
No. C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dogs, Inc. WILL NOT train our service dogs for protection, and we are adamantly opposed to any organization advocating the training and/or placement of such animals. Service dogs should provide physical assistance and companionship only - not protection - and any puppies or dogs in our training program that exhibit aggressive or protective tendencies are removed from our training program. We concur with Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP), who have both taken strong positions against this practice.

What tasks are C.H.A.M.P. Assistance dogs trained to do?
A wide variety of skills may be taught. Please see C.H.A.M.P.ion Placement Categories for a general list of skills. In addition, we often train customized skills for our students.

Is the skill level of the Home Service Dog different than a Public Access Service Dogs.
No, they have virtually the same training. Service Dogs who work only in the home environment are referred to as Home Service Dogs. Service Dogs who work in the home and accompany their person into public places are referred to as Service Dogs certified for Public Access. Although the skill levels are virtually the same, Public Access Service Dogs must exhibit an exceptional level of confidence in new situations, new environments, and when meeting new people. They must have the confidence necessary to be happy, relaxed, and comfortable in any situation they may encounter in public places such as malls, restaurants, airports, etc.

My child is autistic and leaves the house/yard without my knowledge. Can a service dog keep my child safe and secure?
No, C.H.A.M.P., Inc. service dogs may NOT accept responsibility for ensuring the safety and welfare of the recipient. Our service dogs perform under the direct supervision of an adult. They do not have the ability to determine whether a situation is safe or dangerous.

Can my child’s service dog accompany him/her to school?
No. Primarily we place Assisted Home Therapy Dogs with children and they cannot go to school with a child.