Care of the dogs in the program
The health and well-being of the animals are paramount to SDU. Besides routine veterinary visits which include vaccinations and checkups, SDU monitors our dogs' health closely and provides regular grooming for coat, nails and teeth. SDU maintains an ongoing partnership with clients, even after the dog has been placed in their home, to ensure ongoing training and care of the animal.
The dogs are trained using the most efficient application of Operant Conditioning, with an emphasis on positive reinforcement. Each dog is trained to fit the specific needs of its human handler to mitigate their disability.