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  • Mobility Assistance
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Owner Trained Assistance Dogs
JLAD mobility assistance dogs perform a myriad of tasks such as turning lights on and off, pushing automatic door buttons, tugging doors in the home open or closed, retrieving items, getting help from another person, provide balance for transfers or walking, and more. We customize each dog’s training and skillset to meet the individual needs of each recipient.
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For recipients that use a power or manual chair, the dog will gain the skillset to effectively accompany his or her matched recipient both in public and at home. Whether it's pushing a door button or carrying a bag of groceries, the dog is ready to assist and provide the recipient a greater sense of independence.

When appropriate, the matched assistance dog is conditioned to wear a harness that provides stability and momentum for a person needing balance support. JLAD ensures dogs selected for brace work are of proper size and structure so they can work for their person, while maintaining their own health and integrity.

If you have questions about our mobility assistance dogs, or wish to take the next step toward applying for a mobility assistance dog, please contact us. paw print

JLAD's PTSD assistance dogs are trained for both veterans and civilians needing psychiatric support to regain the confidence to go out in public or interact with people. These dogs recognize the recipient's oncoming panic attack, nightmare, or bout of depression and perform a behavior to change the mental state. We carefully interview each recipient to determine what behavior from the dog will be of the greatest assistance. We also train the dog to move into a variety of body positions to create additional space and a sense of security for the person.

Based on the needs of the recipient, JLAD will create a customized training plan of specialized tasks so the dog will be of the greatest assistance.

If you have questions about our PTSD assistance dogs, or wish to take the next step toward applying for a PTSD assistance dog, please contact uspaw print

This program is designed for a person that already owns a dog, and is ready to begin training to certify the dog for service work. Please be sure to read through all of the criteria listed below to ensure you meet the requirements for the program:

  • Must attend weekly classes at our facility in Salem, Oregon. The length of the program will vary based on the age and skillset of the dog., The training will last at least be 6 months and be no longer than 2 years.
  • The dog must be trained using positive reinforcement. Use of punishments or harsh equipment such as prong or shock collars are forbidden.
  • We will only assist training a dog in the areas in which we already train our dogs (see Mobility Assistance Dog and PTSD Assistance Dog pages for reference).
  • Dog must meet the following behavior requirements:
    • No aggression or guarding instincts toward anything including people, animals, or inanimate objects.
    • No prey drive.
    • Confidence and stability to work out in ever-changing public environments.
    • Friendliness toward the handler and all things he or she comes into contact with.
    • Pass JLAD’s initial behavior assessment.
  • Dog must meet these health requirements:
    • Up to date on immunizations (or proof of titer testing).
    • Spayed or neutered by 18 months of age.
    • Eye examination that proves the health of the dog’s eyes and vision.
    • Radiographic examination of the hips and elbows to rule out any diseases or presence of dysplasia.
    • Heart auscultation to evaluate heart health.
    • Weight must not exceed 80 pounds in proper weight range. JLAD reserves the right to determine what is an appropriate weight for the dog based on veterinary charts and physical appearance of the dog.
    • Proof that the dog is being maintained on flea and heartworm prevention.
    • A letter of general good health from the veterinarian.
    • Must not be older than 3 years.
  • JLAD reserves all rights to determine the suitability of a dog for service work, even once training has begun. JLAD makes every effort to prepare the dog for service work. The success of them equally relies on the owner’s effort and compliance with training, as well of the dog's development of temperament and health throughout the training program.
If you have questions about our Owner Trained Assistance Dogs program, or wish to take the next step toward applying for the training, please contact us.paw print