Request A Dog - Service Dogs
Students at Bergin University train and place service dogs as a part of the Assistance Dog Education degree program. Our main focus is providing these students with a thorough, in-depth and experiential education in the training and placement of service dogs. In order to maximize the involvement of our students, the service dog application process is all done via email. This allows us to review client communications with all of the students and to involve the entire group in the client communication process. We appreciate your understanding and willingness to help our students learn, and we hope that our students will, in turn, be able to help you by training and placing one of our wonderful service dogs with you.
Bergin University places the following kinds of dogs:
- Service dogs for people with physical disabilities who would benefit from help with tasks such as: retrieving items, pushing buttons for elevators and doors, turning lights on/off, and pulling a manual wheelchair. We will only place dogs with children who have the maturity, physical ability, and desire to command and care for the dog. If you are interested in applying for an assistance dog please download our Application Packet with all the information and forms you will need.
- Service dogs for military Veterans who have been diagnosed with PTSD. If you are interested in applying for an assistance dog should also use our Application Packet.
- Facility dogs to be placed with professionals working in health or education settings whose clients would benefit from interaction with a dog.* We have placed facility dogs in Veteran's hospitals, special education classrooms, and with the Special Olympics. To apply for a facility dog, please fill out our Facility Dog Application.
- Animal Assisted Therapy dogs to be placed with counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and teaching specialists who wish to integrate a dog into their clients' treatment plans.* To apply for a facility dog, please use our Facility Dog Application.
- Social Therapy dogs to be placed with individuals who will visit nursing homes, hospitals, participate in children's reading programs, etc.* We place Social Therapy dogs when we have a dog being released from our assistance dog program that has the right temperament for social therapy work. To apply for a social therapy dog, please fill out our Release Dog Application.
* Facility, Animal Assisted Therapy and Social Therapy dogs provide invaluable benefits to the populations they serve, but they do not meet the legal definition of an assistance/service dog and do not have public access rights.
We do NOT train or place the following types of dogs. The Assistance Dogs International website (www.assistancedogsinternational.org) has a list of accredited organizations that offer these valuable services:
- Balance dogs for people who need ongoing support while walking. It is too easy for someone with balance issues to be pulled off balance by a dog. We do train dogs to provide short term bracing to assist with activities such as rising from a seated position and negotiating stairs.
- Hearing alert/service dogs
- Medical alert dogs, including diabetic and seizure alert/assistance dogs
- Scent detection dogs including allergen and gas detection dogs
- Autism service dogs
- Dementia service dogs
- Psychiatric service dogs
- Emotional support dogs