Training assistance dog
Training center Vom Falorie trains the Psychiatric Assistance Dogs completely themselves. At the moment that Vom Falorie has an application for a Psychiatric assistance dog, an introductory meeting first takes place and the situation is considered suitable and safe for an assistance dog. When all that is approved, Vom Falorie goes in search of a suitable dog. Only in exceptional cases will an ‘own’ dog be used as a help dog. The breeds that are trained to become psychiatric assistance dogs are very diverse. Shepherds, labradors, australian shepherds etc.
A psychiatric assistance dog really needs to be specially selected and attuned to his future owner.
Vom Falorie is not looking for a puppy for a client, because then it takes a very long time before we can place the dog at the client. In terms of health, the bet is also too big. As with most large breeds, the risk of HD / ED / back problems is simply too great. So the dogs that we pick out are between 8 and 24 months old, so that you can immediately test for health and character. We do have a few puppies with host families, but also there is only about 12 months to see if the dogs in terms of behavior and health are suitable as a psychiatric assistance dog and only then is a possible match thought.
We are absolutely not in favor of a client training his own Psychiatric Assistant. The chance of failure is far too great: you often see that the puppy takes over the fear of his owner, or becomes enormously dominant. A Psychiatric Assistant Dog must have a unique quality, and as mentioned is not visible in a pup. You must also have experience with the Psychiatric Assistant Dog to recognize this unique trait.
In addition, that is the piece of education and training. This is a big task for ‘ordinary’ people, let alone for the person who also has to deal with psychological complaints. Frustration and disappointment are soon lurking. Since this is not fun for both the owner and the dog, Vom Falorie has decided to train the Psychiatric Assistance Dogs completely themselves. Choosing, medical examination, training etc is all done by Vom Falorie.
When the dog has completed his training, the trainer will stay with the new handler for at least 3 days when the dog is delivered to ensure that the transfer is as smooth as possible. In this way the handler and the dog learn to interact, and there are plenty of tips and advice to give the cooperation between the two as optimal as possible.
When the trainer then returns home, the handler really does not stand alone at all. There remains contact between the trainer and the handler, and for questions or advice you can always receive a call / e-mail. The trainer also regularly goes back to see how the collaboration between the two runs. On request, the handler can also stay with the assistance dog at Vom Falorie for any further training.