DANSVILLE — There is a place to go for professional dog service training in our community.
K’s Canine Training Services Owner Kaylee Lohrmann has taken the spot on 138 Main Street for her dog service training.
Lohrmann has several clients interested in her services, and have already seen some positive improvement.
One of the clients,Bryleigh, 7, of Dansville with her dog Abby are working together. Bryleigh suffers from PTSD and emotional impairment. The tasks assigned to Abby are to find Bryleigh when she takes off, stop self-harm, and block her from running.
Another client is Jamie McFadden, of Dansville with her dog Prayer. McFadden has type one diabetes since she was 31 years old. The tasks assigned to Prayer are to alert her to low or high blood pressure, and bring a vest with medicine on hikes.
Lohrmann likes to do fundraisers to help with the training and care of the dogs. One for Bryleigh was held on Feb. 11. There is one coming for McFadden in the summer, and time and place will be announced closer to the date.
The service is a huge benefit to the community as it helps with people who suffer from diabetes, mental illness, and PTSD.
Lohrmann has clients coming from out of state as well, and one family plans to come from Pennsylvania.
Normally this kind of training would cost someone $20,000 to $35,000, but with Lohrmann it costs from $2,800 to $10,000 depending on the travel and tasks.
If a dog for whatever reason can not be a service dog; they can still be an obedience dog.
“I am pushing to have a training center on Main Street, so that we can stay in town,” Lohrmann said. “Right now I am using this space for an office, to sell pet training gear, and to have a place for people to come for counseling.”
Soon the place will be in use for the full training services available.
“We have found the perfect location,” Lohrmann said. “We will train the dogs to handle being in theaters, restaurants, hotels, and stores.”
The main difference between a therapy dog and a service dog is that the service dog is meant to only help one person.
McFadden said she got Prayer from an Amish family in Pennsylvania after her husband passed away. Prayer is a five-month-old German Shepherd. McFadden has been training with Lohrmann for about a couple of months now.
“He wakes me up when he senses my blood pressure is low or high,” McFadden said. “
Lohrmann said that the dogs can be trained to know certain scents pertaining to the health needs.
“He is my very first service dog, and he has been a great companion,” McFadden said. “I feel so much safer having him around. When my husband passed away in September I was all alone. Prayer has been a huge benefit to me.”
Anything McFadden needs can be placed in the vest, and Prayer is ready to alert her when she feels sick.
“He brings anything I need in the vest,” she said. “When you exercise your sugar can drop really fast. This way I don’t have to stop every five minutes to test my sugar.”
Lohrmann said that Prayer is her first diabetic alert dog, and she is pleased with how it is going. Prayer and McFadden are a team, and they work well together at home, so that Lohrmann can train him.
“The program is trainer assisted, so that means the handler and the dog need to work together in class, sole lessons, and at home,” she said. “This type of training helps the owner bond. This means the handler has to put in a lot of work, or the training won’t be a success.”
The handlers will take videos, do public tests, and spend countless hours training.
Lohrmann said that every dog she trains is an adventure she takes with the handlers as well.
For Bryleigh the training is a lot more complex; since she is always running away from school.
“There are obstacles to work with since she is so young, and does not want the training all the time,” Lohrmann said. “We are teaching Abby the commands to keep Bryleigh safe. Abby is really good with her.”
Some of Lohrmann’s clients are in college, and still in need of their service dogs. Like Daryle Haight of Geneseo who has a fainting disorder. She also suffers from anxiety, so her service dog has been a great companion.
Lohrmann is in need of veterans who want to work with service dogs as well. She has a dog ready to work with a veteran. If a veteran qualifies for a service dog, and is willing to try it out they can reach out to Lohrmann.
McFadden said that she firmly believes we are meant to meet the people that come into our lives, and Lohrmann has been a great friend.
“Dansville is home for my family,” Lohrmann said. “I love all of the festivals here, and what this community does. I am happy to be part of what is happening on Main Street. I wanted the small-town vibe for my business.”
K’s Canine Training Services is located at 138 Main Street. They can be reached at 585-613-8725.