Dogs For Life, Inc. Vero Beach

Our Services

Since 2001

Enriching Lives

Dogs For Life has been turning lives around by providing independence and self-reliance for people who need assistance and a renewed purpose for abandoned dogs through specialized training. Dogs For Life trained assistance dogs enrich people’s lives – providing ears that hear smoke alarms, paws that tap a 911 button to call for emergency assistance, and legs that provide mobility.

Assistance & Service Dogs

Hearing Dogs

A door knock, a ringing telephone, a smoke alarm, and an alarm clock are sounds a person with a hearing impairment may be missing. Our assistance training program prepares dogs to respond to and serve people with special needs. Experienced trainers work with individuals and their dogs, and this unique program even offers in-home training for both the dog and owner.

Service Dogs

A Service Dog is a dog that has been specially trained to perform tasks for a person with a disability. Mobility Assistance Dogs offer a range of simple tasks that can be daunting to a person with a physical challenge, such as rising from a chair, picking up a phone, and retrieving a fallen object. Service dogs can benefit people with disabilities associated with varied diagnoses, including (but not limited to) spinal cord/head trauma, visual or hearing deficits, arthritis, ataxia/poor balance, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spinal bifida, seizure disorders, and psychiatric disabilities.

The Federal Americans with Disabilities Act allows people with disabilities to task train their own dog. However, you may need the assistance of a dog trainer for task training if you wanted public access rights. Title III28CFR SEC 36.104 & 36.302. (see Service Dog Laws Brochure). State laws can vary from state to state.

Research the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners to find help with specific “tasks” to train an assistance dog (listed by disability) www.iaadp.org.

Remember, public access dogs must have impeccable training. If you are outside the Vero Beach area and are looking for an organization closer to you, consider the Assistance Dogs International website. www.assistancedogsinternational.org.

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We hope this information is helpful.

Service Dogs for Veterans

  • Veteran Service Dogs
  • Veteran Service Dogs

Our Service Dogs for Veterans program “task trains” dogs to assist their Veteran with hearing and mobility challenges, as well as the effects of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).

A Service Dog is a dog that has been specially trained to perform tasks for a person with a disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as a guide dog, signal dog, or other animal trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.

Service Dogs for Veterans are specially trained to assist the veteran with the specific set of challenges they may face. Service dogs can benefit people with disabilities associated with varied diagnoses, including (but not limited to) spinal cord/head trauma, visual or hearing deficits, arthritis, ataxia/poor balance and psychiatric disabilities.

PTSD Tasks can include waking from a nightmare, creating a “safe zone” in a crowd, turning lights on in a dark room, creating a distraction or finding an exit to leave a stressful situation, calling for help on a special K-9 emergency phone, providing deep pressure for calming effect and reducing hyper-vigilance through task work.
For information on our Service Dog Training program, contact us by phone (772) 567-8969 or by email:office@dogsforlifevb.org

4H Dog Masters Club

The 4-H Dog Masters Club meets and trains their dogs at the park, utilizing the agility equipment located in the training area and holds their public performance and fundriaising activities there as well.

Off-Leash Dog Park

  • Dog Park
  • Dog Park
  • Dog Park

OFF-LEASH DOG PARK

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Our off-leash dog park is located at 1230 16th Avenue in Vero Beach, Florida. Applications are available to all dogs that are inoculated, neutered and social. Orientations are scheduled by appointment. Call 567-8969 or e-mail us at office@dogsforlifevb.org to schedule an orientation appointment.

Application Cost: $100/Year  Scholarships may be available to those who qualify.

Park Hours: The Off-Leash Dog park is equipped with lighting for after dark usage.

Educational Programs for the Community are offered at the Dog Park by providing a safe, clean environment for dogs and their owners. A dog park also promotes responsible pet ownership. It is a model for governmental organizations to emulate in our city, county, state, and nation. Educational workshops on dog obedience and behavior further the Dogs For Life Dog Park in Vero Beach received the Readers Choice Award for 2013 cause of responsible pet ownership that benefit not only the dog and owner, but the entire community.

Veterans Training Veterans

The VTV program is a 6-week seminar on service dog training.

Volunteer Veterans attend the seminar to learn and assist in training service dogs for other veterans.

Our program includes instruction in:

  • Basic dog obedience & behavior
  • Service & hearing dog tasks
  • Public access laws
  • Dog temperament evaluation
  • Continuing education in service dog training and
    foster care

Community & Professional

Recognition

(772) 567-8969

Vero Beach Facility

1230 16th Avenue

Vero Beach, FL 32960

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