What our Dogs Do

What is a Service Dog?

Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.
The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.

What is a PTSD Service Dog?

A Service Dog for a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is taught behaviors that lessen the trauma associated with triggering events. These dogs can provide a physical barrier between their partner and the public, provide pressure to reduce stress, and provide a social bridge as a point of conversation. PTSD dogs have full public access rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

What is a Facility Dog?

Facility dogs are working dogs specifically trained to help more than one person in an education, treatment, or therapeutic setting.  Facility dogs can also be utilized in legal system organizations that choose to provide a legally unbiased companion for witnesses during an investigation. Journey Together carefully considers the skills and personality of each of the dogs to find them the right job. Dogs selected to become facility dogs are calm and quiet indoors, affectionate, and motivated by contact with people. The dogs are well mannered, house trained, have obedience training, and specialized skills that can be used in a variety of settings.  Once placed, these professionally trained facility dogs work with a trainer or handler to serve people of all ages who need social interaction, recovery motivation, comfort, and/or a feeling of safety and support when its needed most / when facing some of life‘s challenges.

A facility dog is not a service dog because it does not work with a single individual to reduce / lessen the effects of that individual’s disability.

What our service dogs don't provide for or do...

At this time, Journey Together Service Dog program does not currently train or place service dogs for the following:

• Seizure alert response
• Hearing alert
• Guiding for visually impaired
• Autism support
• Emotional support
• Therapy dogs

Journey Together Service Dog program only trains dogs that are owned by the organization.