Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Alec's Autism Service Dog: The Process

A service dog is usually 12 months old when it goes into formal training.  From that age, they are trained for 11 months to be an autism assistance dog.  As a family (with a LOT of help and generosity), we raised the required $13,000 on behalf of 4 Paws for Ability, Inc.  Their web site is  It costs them $22,000 to fully train each service dog.  They do their own fundraising to make up the difference. 

We had to fill out a lot of paperwork and send in video of Alec, so the trainers can better understand Alec's needs.  More about our fundraising process and story can be found at:

For 2 weeks in April, we will be in Xenia, Ohio at the 4 Paws facility.  We will train with Alec and his dog, learning all the commands that can be used, as well as what the dog is capable of doing.  A great overview of Autism Assistance service dogs can be found here:

As we begin this journey, I (Christina, AKA "Mom") will be blogging our photos and experiences to share :)