Canine Support Teams, Inc.
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Since 1989, Canine Support Team’s mission has been to provide specially trained dogs to persons with disabilities to support their personal, social, and occupational independence.
We place service dogs with disabled clients (must be 16 years or older) who have various disabilities including, but not limited to:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Cerebral Palsy
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Limited Mobility
Not only do the dogs assist our clients with their disability, the dogs also serve as an ice-breaker in public situations. Most important, though, they provide their partner with constant companionship.
CST’s service dogs are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities such as:
- walking with and beside a wheelchair or walker
- retrieving dropped items
- turning lights on and off
- opening and closing doors
- pressing elevator buttons
- pulling off socks and sweater
- barking to alert for help in emergencies
All dogs accepted into the training program must pass health and temperament tests. These dogs are either part of the CST breeding program, are donated by private breeders, or are rescued from various shelters and rescues.
CST is a service dog organization that adheres to the highest standards of training, behavior, temperament, and health for our service dogs. All of our trainers are committed to humane treatment of our dogs at every level of training.
The dogs are raised for the first 18 months of their lives by volunteer Puppy Raisers who provide the foundation of the puppies training and socialization. After the Raiser turns in the dog, it then goes on to one of our Prison Dog Programs. For the next four to six months, the dogs are paired with an Inmate Trainer who works with them daily to successfully complete the rigorous training program. Upon completion of training, CST service dogs have learned a combination of 70 unique commands!
Our qualification standards for each dog are very high. The service dogs that complete our program and are placed with a disabled client are truly the elite of their field.