We are thrilled to be recognized by the Petco Foundation and Natural Balance Inc. for our work with service animals. Good Dog! has received a $2,500 grant to fully educate a new class of handlers in all aspects of service dog ownership; helping both animals and people to live their best lives.
Our teams are well on their way to establishing bonds with their new four legged family members and are busy learning all they need to know to be great autism service dog handlers.
A graduation ceremony to celebrate the teams will be held at National University in La Jolla on Saturday July 29th. rsvp>>
by Laura Sylvester
Ever wonder how service dogs get their names? At Good Dog! Autism Companions the child and family always get to decide their pup's forever name. This is how child and dog take one of their first steps in bonding.
by Laura Sylvester
Two months ago we celebrated the graduation of the Good Dog! Autism Companions Class of 2015. Presently we are hard at work matching our newest teams for our next rising class. When we begin matching potential canine and human pairs, there are several factors to consider. Good Dog! uses a three tiered system to evaluate personality compatibility, the child’s specific needs, and family environment.
When our service pups in-training reach approximately 16 months of age we begin the matching process, where we assess for potential compatibilities between our dogs and the parent handlers. Using Bonnie Bergin’s “Social Styles” scale, we assess both the parent and dog’s levels of assertiveness and responsiveness. Our team plots both the dog and parent’s traits onto a grid to see how they fall in relation to one another. Bergin’s “Social Styles” allow us to classify each person and pup into four basic categories: analytical, driver, amiable, and expressive. Each category can be further divided into subcategories: analytical-analytical, driver-analytical, amiable-analytical, expressive-analytical, driver-driver, driver-amiable, drver-expressive, amiable-amiable, amiable-expressive, expressive-expressive, and expressive-driver.