Truths About Service Dogs

Truths
Great responsibility. Great reward.

  • C.H.A.M.P. Inc., service dogs are highly skilled and intuitive and they are bred to please people. They are very special animals, exceptional in many ways.
  • C.H.A.M.P. Inc., service dogs are not computerized machines that will respond automatically and unquestionably to commands. As a service dog user you will in fact be a working-dog handler whose goal is to gain and maintain your dog's responsiveness.

    Dog handling requires a certain skill set, including the ability to assess situations and make good judgments based on your assessment. You also will need some degree of physical movement, strength and reaction speed, plus the ability to be consistent in your handling.
    Our dogs require leadership in times of stress, transition, illness; whatever your situation, you must be able to provide this leadership and gentle guidance.

  • A C.H.A.M.P. Inc. service dog will be your best friend and companion.
  • A C.H.A.M.P. Inc. service dog will require lots of time, attention and exercise. As the responsible human component in the partnership, these things are your responsibility to ensure. If you do not, behavior issues could develop with your service dog.
  • Receiving a C.H.A.M.P. Inc. service dog is both a privilege and a responsibility. It is essential that you understand that this is a partnership. As a graduate, you will come to depend on your service dog for help and companionship. Your dog will depend on you for food, shelter, medical care, proper exercise, and companionship. You must be able to provide - or arrange for someone else to provide - for your dog’s basic needs even if it is inconvenient or you are not feeling well.
  • C.H.A.M.P. Inc. service dogs require physical exercise and mental stimulation on a daily basis. If you are unable to provide the physical and mental exercise necessary then a service dog is not the right choice for you.
  • A C.H.A.M.P. Inc. service dog requires total commitment to working with your dog on a daily basis to ensure skills are kept sharp and the dog is kept happy working.
  • We like to say that in addition to the certainties of death and taxes, there are other guarantees to life when you live with a service dog. They will leave hair all over your house, they will at some point vomit and be sick on your floor and they prefer the carpet over the easy-to-clean hardwood, tile or vinyl. They will poop in your yard and will likely kill the grass where they pee. They will be expensive and cause you to add a new line in your budget.
  • A C.H.A.M.P. Inc. service dog requires patience. Patience to guide them when they are confused. Like people, they will be confused from time to time and we always say—it is not the dog’s fault. It is most likely something the handler is doing to cause the dog confusion and to make mistakes. You must humbly be willing to accept this fact and to handle these situations with patience and a positive approach.
  • A C.H.A.M.P. Inc. service dog needs to be completely bonded to the graduate. In order to achieve this we ask friends and family NOT to interact with the service dog until the strong bond is formed. No petting the service dog. No playing with the service dog. No fun. All the fun and all the good things in the dog’s life must come from the graduate. It could take months. The graduate needs to be the individual who has responsibility for the care of the service dog.