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1: How much does a service dog cost?
How do you train dogs to do things like get
a drink from the fridge or open doors?
Why does a service dog cost so much?
Does the dog ever get to play or just be a
Can other dogs live in the house?
Where does the dog sleep at night and stay
when left home alone?
Why are you starting a nonprofit? Why not
just charge for the dogs?
I saw you and Molly in the grocery store one
day in Conroe, TX, and she was wearing a vest with a patch that
said, "Please Don't Pet Me, I'm Working." Why can't
we pet the dogs? My daughter asked to pet her and you said,
"Please don't because she is working but thank you for
asking." You were polite but my daughter was still let
Do you take your dog on dates?
Do you ever lose your patience with the public?
11: Do you ever think about giving
I found a stray dog that is really sweet,
do you want it?
Q 13: I
work as a waitress in a restaurant in Conroe, TX. You came
in with another person and two service dogs. I brought some
nice meat from the kitchen and bent down to offer it to one
of the dogs and you snapped at me, and told me that they could
not have people food.
You did explain that service dogs can't eat
people food because they go into restaurants and are trained
to never eat anything off the floor. You also told me that
I was breaking health codes.
You did apologize for snapping at me but I
felt so sorry for the dogs that they never get to enjoy people
food. Do you remember me?
Allie A 1:
It depends on what the dog needs to learn to do to work
with the recipient's specific disability. If the dog is being
trained for a person like Bill
Klotz, a quadriplegic, then we seek $20,000 worth of funding
in a two year process of training. Our range is $10,000 to
$20,00 and is subject to change.
We ask that you are active in the fundraising for your service
dog. It is a process in itself, but necessary because in most
cases the recipient can't afford to pay for the dog themselves.
We will have several programs, one of them being that we
train you to train your own dog. Check back to the website
often to see updates. You can call me direct at 713-703-6924
Allie A 2:
I like to start with puppies so training starts at an
early age. I teach them things through play that sets them
up for more advanced tasks later. I am thinking about the
recipient at all times while training the puppy. It takes
time and consistency.
I start with a reason for the dog to go into the cabinet.
He must 'get something' out of it for me. Then I tie a soft
rope to it, and teach the dog to "pull" on the rope.
Once the cabinet is opened, I ask the dog to "get it."
Once he gives it to me, I praise him then teach him to "push"
and shut the cabinet. Sounds simple huh? All about consistency.
Allie A 3:
Anyone that owns a dog and maintains it knows how much it
cost. From the time that we pay for the puppy, shots, vet,
heart wormer, flea control, neuter/spay, collars, leashes,
vest, food, toys, training supplies, gas to drive all over
Houston, TX and surrounding area, training, etc., for two
years...well, you do the math.
One thing people don't seem understand is how much driving
we have to do to keep these dogs in public and train on a
regular basis. That's a lot of fuel at sky high prices.
Allie A 4:
Yes, they have play time and they all love to play. Molly
was taught to self-exercise by sliding
down slides, swimming on her
own, and she also throws the ball for herself. I taught
her this so that I can teach other dogs that may 'have' to
self-exercise once placed with their recipient.
These dogs are happy to be working, happy to be playing,
happy to be with and take care of the one they love. They
do not want to stay behind when you leave, and when they are
home they just normally do the things asked to do because
it is habit and they love you.
Allie A 5:
Not in most cases but maybe in a few situations.
In order to really answer this question I need to explain
that the dog, trainers, recipient, and anyone else involved
with the service dog has to stay focused and on 'task'. There
is play time, but there is also training time, and work time
for a service dog. If the other animal is distracting to the
service dog when he needs to perform a task, then the answer
is "No." Imagine the service dog on his way to retrieve
the phone, or push a panic button in case of an emergency,
and the other dog distracts him; Not a nice case scenario.
If, however, you had a dog that lived outside or an old dog
that just laid around and stayed out of the way, the answer
would be "Maybe."
The main thing to think about is why the service dog is needed
in the first place, and how you can set up your home to accommodate
the service dog. Some people wait until their older dog passes
or gives their dog to a loving family. Some people choose
to just wait.
A 6: Until the dog is old enough to trust out on
their own at night they sleep in a crate. Same goes for when
the dog is left home alone. Dogs are 'den' animals and they
like their crates because it is their safe place.
A 7: The disabled people that need the dogs usually
can't afford them on a fixed income.
Allie A 8:
When a Service Dog is working they are caring for the person
they are with. If they get distracted and is paying attention
to the person that is petting them, then they are not paying
attention to the person they need to take care of.
I let people pet her in some situations like after a public
presentation, or during meetings where she knows so many
people there, and sometimes in public. It depends on what
we have to do that day and how she is doing that day.
When we are working with puppies or young dogs in public
it is really distracting for the dog to be petted or even
talked to. It can get them in trouble to try and break away
from the trainer and go to someone else.
Always ask permission and maybe you will get to pet them
but don't feel slighted if the trainer or recipient says
A 9: I have not been on a date in years. If I were
to go on a date then it would depend. Are you asking me out?
A 10: I take the opportunity to educated the public
every chance I get. If someone is asking questions then I answer
them. If they are being rude then I tell them. I do this to
pave the way for the person coming behind me that may be really
hurt by their comments or questions. I then thank them for allowing
me to educate them.
A 11: I sometimes wonder and worry about what to
do to keep going but never about giving up.
Allie A 12:
No thank you. It is hard to tell what kind of life a stray
has had or the pedigree. It is expensive to have the dog's
health checked out and time consuming to test and train the
I had an experience with a young dog that seemed to be a
good candidate for a service dog. He did everything just right
until after a month of training and expense we ran into a
man with a white hat on... he went off on the poor man scaring
him to death. We tested him with every color hat and it was
only white hats that bothered him. We found him a good home
with no white hats and he is happy and a great family dog.
Allie A 13:
Yes I remember you as you are the first waitress that has
actually bent down to give one of our dogs food without asking
Again, I apologize for snapping at you but your actions shocked
me and threw me off. I was not worried that either of the
dogs would have actually accepted the offer, but if I had
a newer or younger dog with me then many hours of training
could have been compromised.
Also, there is no need to feel sorry for our dogs because
they can't eat human food as they get to be with us in the
first place rather than getting left behind. Besides that
human food can be fattening, make them sick, and some foods
can actually kill them.