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4 Paws 2 Freedom is postponing the Spring 2020 Service Dog Team Graduation scheduled for Saturday, March 14th due to concerns around the spread of COVID – 19.
“Changing our actions for a short period of time will save the life of one or more people you know,” according to Governor Newsom. “That’s the choice before us. Each of us has extraordinary power to slow the spread of this disease. Not holding that concert or community event can have cascading effects — saving dozens of lives and preserving critical health care resources that your family may need a month from now. The people in our lives who are most at risk — seniors and those with underlying health conditions — are depending on all of us to make the right choice.”
All graduating students will receive their certification paperwork and be granted all the rights and privileges that go along with certification. The official ceremony will be scheduled for a later date when it is once again safe to congregate.
All classes have been temporarily canceled for health and safety concerns around the COVID-19 virus.
Please be aware that it appears canines can also be infected with this virus and spread it through licking.
All classes planned to start in March have been postponed until it is once again safe to gather. If you have questions or concerns about classes please feel free to call us or message us (see contact page).
If you are currently in a service dog class you will be able to continue your classes online. Check back here for updates. You should be receiving details through your email account.
We will be posting updates to class schedules and other information here. Please check back frequently to keep in touch with changes.
Toolkit includes a 6 foot leather leash, a treat bag, a blanket for their dog, poop bags and dispenser, treats and a tote.
We can offer our 9 month service dog training classes to Veterans and First Responders at no cost to them thanks to the generous donations of local organizations and individuals. Your donation makes a difference and supports Veterans and First Responders in a 60 mile radius of Sacramento.
Day after day, officers see the worst of humanity; absorb the world's negativity; and then come home to their families.
Law enforcement officers respond to and witness some of the most tragic events that happen in our communities. On-the-job stress can have a significant impact on their physical and mental well-being, which can accumulate over the course of a career. Many officers struggle with alcohol abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other challenges.
In the face of long term exposure to emotional pain, fear and stress, people often need to numb their feelings in order to continue doing their work. Conversations disappear, sleeping patterns change, drinking might increase and family (unless they are also an officer or dispatcher) become “outsiders” and are often pushed away because they can’t understand what the officer is going through.
Stress Mitigation Dogs can help by breaking the cycle . Dogs can help ground a person in ways as simple as leaning against them or laying down on them. This process of grounding is very effective in helping people regroup and get past their anxiety. Once the person is feeling more centered and able to relax, the play begins. Through activity and play the stressors of the day can be released. The dogs are taught a variety of different interactive games to play with their person. These games involve varying degrees of exercise to burn off angst.
For more information and pricing, please contact us
Dogs and humans have an amazing capacity to work in partnership with each other toward the well being of both.
Service dogs can help in many ways.
They can be trained to provide a buffer zone between their human and others, recognize repetitive motions, alert to the approach of someone from behind, guide their human to a safe place,interrupt nightmares and many other important tasks.
Classes are free for Veterans and First Responders. We offer classes for civilians with PTSD for $2,500. If you are interested, please click on APPLY and complete and submit your application. We will contact you to get you started on the admission process.
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