Vets of Valor Program
Lux Love Rescued Vets of Valor Program offers PTSD Service Dogs for injured Veterans.
The training of a service dog takes one to three years. It costs an average of $28,000 to train a highly skilled service dog in the 90 commands they will learn to serve a person with a disability. The service dog once trained is valued at $40,000! Our service dogs are given to the people who apply and are approved to receive a service dog. We do not require the person to fundraise for their service dog but we do ask the person to support ongoing fundraisers and promote the organization to pay it forward.
WHAT TASKS DO PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOGS PERFORM?
-Waking the owner from a nightmare
-Reminding when it’s time to go to bed
-Retrieving sleep meds
-Redirecting and alert after owner wakes from a nightmare
-Finds lost objects to owner (keys, wallet, car, shoes, etc.) alerts when found
-Reminds owner of daily routines (waking, meds, work, etc.)
-Brings lost objects to owner
-Alerts owner at bedtime
-Wakes owner in the morning
-Physically interrupting and redirecting panic attack -Retrieving medication, phone, water, family member
-Creating a passive barrier between owner on others
-Alerting to someone behind owner
-Calling 911 and barking
-Physically regulating owners heart rate
-Reminding the owner to take daily meds as needed and scheduled
-Alerting to anger to prevent escalation
-Redirecting owner from source of anger -Redirecting owner from a potential trigger
-Locates the target pain area
-Retrieves needed items for pain relief
-Assisting owner up from a seated or lying down position
Please Read Through These Questions Before Filling Out The Pre-Application:
- Why do you or why does your loved one want a service dog? Understand a service dog is not a pet. It is a highly skilled dog that has been trained to perform tasks to help mitigate (assist with) the persons disability. It is medical equipment.
- What does the family or friends think about your or your loved one getting a service dog? Not everyone will think about the service dog the way you or your loved one will. Not everyone will welcome the service dog into their private home nor do they have to. Private homes are not covered under the Americans With Disability Act. Think about this impact to you and your family before getting the service dog.
- Service dogs are not widgets on a shelf. The dog takes years to train and there are many factors that determine whether the dog will complete its' training or not. Many programs like Lux Love Rescued can have a wait list that can be years after your application has been approved.
- Do you and your loved one have the resources to afford a service dog? Whether you will apply to an organization like Lux Love Rescued that provides the service dog at no cost to the approved applicant, or you have to raise funds or pay for the service dog you will still have to pay for specific dog food, treats, veterinary care, emergency expenses if the dog gets sick and monthly heart worm and flea/tick preventatives.
- What are the state laws that might pertain to someone distracting or harming the service dog?
- Can you be assertive in a situation in which your access with the service dog is challenged?
- Have you thought about the fact that the service dog won't live forever and there will come a time to retire it? What about a future replacement?
- Do you understand a service dog is a FULL TIME commitment and not just when you feel like having the service dog around? The dogs are highly skilled and enjoy working. They must work to keep up their skills. It is not a pet and should not be treated like one.