We use verbal cues, hand signals, treats, clickers, toys, and even games to teach all of our dogs. We believe that dogs deserve to be taught what we expect of them in a manner that does not break their love, faith and trust in us.
We are proud to be a member of the Pet Professional Guild. “The Pet Professional Guild is a membership organization representing pet industry professionals who are committed to results-based, science-based force-free training and pet care. Pet Professional Guild Members Understand Force-Free to mean: No Shock, No Pain, No Choke, No Fear, No Physical Force, No Compulsion Based Methods are employed to train or care for a pet.” We strive to uphold this training method in all the phases of training our service dogs. Our trainers believe that these methods are the most effective and humane way to help dogs and people work together to create the best service dogs possible.
Retrieving Independence is committed to helping each partnership remain strong. We ask teams to return for a six-month follow-up and a one-year follow-up in Nashville. Our staff remains available for unlimited phone, email check-ups and consultations throughout the first year. We also have created a Facebook Group Page for recipients and caregivers, as a way to continue to share experiences.
At the successful conclusion of the one-year follow-up, Retrieving Independence formally transfers full ownership of our service dog to the client.