Training programs offered at Operation At Ease, Inc.

All of our programs are offered free of charge to veterans


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Psychiatric Service Dog Program:

A service animal is a working animal, not a pet. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Dogs that satisfy this definition are considered service animals under the ADA regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government, or any other entity." 

–NY State Office of the Attorney General Service Animals in Public Accommodations brochure

This is an intensive and hands on guided training program held in small group classes (four human/dog teams per class). Classes are held once a week for four consecutive months. Individual teams then break off with a public access trainer for five public access lessons. Upon completion, the dog will be task trained to buffer in a crowd, provide deep pressure when asked, and help their handler maintain appropriate spacial proximity when people approach. Teams will also learn the skills needed to pass the Canine Good Citizen test, the Canine Good Citizen Urban test and the Public Access test.

Dogs must be at least a year old in order to begin training.

 

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Emotional Support Dog Program:

An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is an animal that provides a therapeutic benefit to his or her person through companionship. Along with a Dr's note, these animals are covered under the Fair Housing Act (they can live in housing that prohibits pets) and the Air Carrier Access Act (they are entitled to fly with their person at no extra charge). These animals are not service animals and are not covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Emotional Support Dog classes are held in groups of up to five human/dog teams. Teams attend ten weeks of class and learn the skills necessary to pass the Canine Good Citizen test. They then pair off with a public access trainer for three private lessons and learn the skills necessary to pass the Canine Good Citizen Urban test.

Dogs must be at least a year old in order to begin training.

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Therapy Dog Training Classes Open to the public: 

$165 for 8 weeks of training

A therapy dog is a dog that is trained to provide comfort to people in nursing homes, hospitals or schools. They are not service dogs or emotional support dogs and are not covered under any laws. 

Our therapy dog classes are open to the public and are held in groups of up to five human/dog teams. The teams attend eight weeks of training and learn the skills needed to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test and the Therapy Pets Unlimited certification test. The test is given on the last night of class.

Dogs must be at least a year old to take the therapy dog test.

Click here to see when Therapy Dog classes are being offered.

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