Teaching a Dog to Use Buttons to Talk

Service dog teams often reach out, during or after their formal training is over, because the handler and the dog both crave learning new skills and training together as a team. ELLAS Animals INC recommends many different types of further training like agility, search and rescue, dock diving, detection, and additional task/work training. One of… Continue reading Teaching a Dog to Use Buttons to Talk

Intentional Puppy Socialization System Begins with Breeder

ELLAS Animals INC offers an online Puppy Basics course that covers topics like puppy socialization, potty training, crate training, and bite inhibition. Our course is designed to set an owner/trainer and their new puppy up for success to train as a service dog team. We recommend that the owner/trainer completes the course before bringing the… Continue reading Intentional Puppy Socialization System Begins with Breeder

Training a service dog from a wheelchair

People with disabilities, whether physical or psychological, are accustomed to work arounds in every aspect of life – adaptations or modifications that empower us to accomplish our goals despite whatever limitations we may experience. ELLAS Animals INC specializes in teaching people with disabilities how to train their own service dogs, and this necessitates a fluid approach, adapting service… Continue reading Training a service dog from a wheelchair

Documenting Owner-Training of a Service Dog

by Zan Raynor, certified dog trainer and CEO of ELLAS Animals INC Documenting owner-training of a service dog serves two equally important purposes. First, it may at some point become necessary to prove that your dog meets the legal requirements to be a service dog and, as an owner/trainer, you will have to provide this… Continue reading Documenting Owner-Training of a Service Dog

Adapting service dog training to a trainer’s disability

Adapting service dog training People with disabilities, whether physical or psychological, are accustomed to work arounds in every aspect of life – adaptations or modifications that empower us to accomplish our goals despite whatever limitations we may experience. ELLAS Animals INC specializes in teaching people with disabilities how to train their own service dogs, and… Continue reading Adapting service dog training to a trainer’s disability

Autism Service Dog Tasks, Work, and Benefits

by Zan Raynor, certified dog trainer and CEO of ELLAS Animals INC Autism is a spectrum and manifests differently in each person, so it’s difficult to generalize about the needs of autistic people. Autism is also a lifelong condition so the lifestyle, daily routines, and needs of an autistic person necessarily change as they age… Continue reading Autism Service Dog Tasks, Work, and Benefits

What does it take to train a service dog?

by Zan Raynor, certified dog training and CEO of ELLAS Animals INC The temperament of the trainer, rather than the dog The temperament to train a service dog may not lie completely where you expect. We see plenty of statistics about how high a percentage of dogs that begin service dog training are then “washed”… Continue reading What does it take to train a service dog?