Service Dogs are trained for children
and adults with physical disabilities. Each dog learns approximately
80 different commands and performs tasks such as opening and
closing doors, turning lights on and off, retrieving dropped
or needed items, pulling wheelchairs, and assisting with balance.
note that we are currently only placing dogs in our service area, which covers metro-Atlanta, north Georgia, and southern Tennessee.
Companion dogs are trained to assist
children and adults through performing service dog skills.
These special canines provide a strong bond of love and affection
and work in the home only.
GCI dog begins training at 8 weeks-old and receives about
two years of training while living in the home of volunteer
puppy raisers. GCI strives to meet the highest standards in
the service dog industry. Assistance dogs receive multiple
tests (temperament, manners, obedience, skills, public access)
in multiple environments before matching with a potential
recipient may occur. Each assistance dog team must also pass
multiple tests (written final, oral exam, skills tests, and
public access tests) to receive certification as an official
service dog team. In addition, each team is re-tested every
two years to maintain the privilege of public access.