C.H.A.M.P., Inc. places dogs in four C.H.A.M.P.ion Categories of Certification. We specialize in placing dogs with children and older adults who may have cognitive as well as physical disabilities. Attention to detail and good problem-solving skills allow C.H.A.M.P., Inc. to make these placements successful.
C.H.A.M.P.ion Categories of Certification
Home Therapy Dog
This is a dog placed in the home setting to provide companionship and therapeutic value for the partner and/or family. The dog is proficient in basic obedience, has good "house manners" and possesses some positioning skills around equipment the partner may use. Home Therapy Dogs may include smaller lap dogs and are often placed with children or seniors. An Assisted Home Therapy Dog serves a similar function, except primary care and handling responsibilities lie with a person other than the partner. For example, we may assign these responsibilities to the parents of a juvenile partner.
Home Service Dog
This dog will perform physical assistance tasks for the partner in the home environment. Skills trained may include retrieving dropped objects, a laser retrieve, opening cabinet and house doors including the refrigerator, assisting with dressing and undressing, turning switches on and off, retrieving the phone, assisting with balance, assisting a partner who has fallen to rise, finding objects by name or by scent, augmenting physical therapy, enhancing social relations and enhancing self-esteem.
Facility Based Therapy Dog
This dog is partnered with a therapist, counselor or trained facilitator. The dog is proficient in basic obedience and has good "house manners." The facilitator may use the dog to aid patients' physical or occupational therapy, enhance fine and gross motor skills, improve speech communication, teach social and academic concepts, improve sensory skills, make behavior modifications, provide companionship, and/or enhance self-esteem. The dog's facilitator oversees and supervises the dog's daily activities and care.
Public Access Service Dog
This dog will be certified for use as an assistance dog in public. By law, assistance dogs have access to all privately owned businesses which serve the public. Skills trained will match the needs of each individual partner and may include opening doors in public and carrying items in a backpack in addition to all of the skills described for the Home Service Dog.
All of our dogs are screened for temperament and meet all of C.H.A.M.P., Assistance Dogs, Inc.'s health and medical requirements. Dogs, training, and supplies are provided free-of-charge.