Jayden's service dog

Jayden was diagnosed with Autism when he was two years and ten months. Then shortly afterwards he received his Epilepsy diagnosis. Treating his conditions have been a roller coaster to say the least. He is an open medical study. It has also been determined that Jayden has a refractory response to traditional medication, this causes him to be on large doses of medications to treat his medical conditions.  Jayden has zero safety awareness and has had close calls where he has actually escaped our home. He has been unsuccessful at school as he leaves the learning area about 50 times a day, he has a love for climbing furniture and leaving an unwanted situation to find his daddy (we all know the attachment between the two of them). About two years ago his doctor suggested looking into getting Jayden a service dog that would be trained to help manage the symptoms associated with his Autism. We were on many waiting lists, then in June our family dog tragically died unexpectedly. Jayden who is considered nonverbal and speaks only very limitedly began asking for the dog by name so Jeremy and I called every organization possible and despite the HUGE cost made the decision that getting Jayden a service dog right away would be best.Service dogs can be a large expense, regardless of where the dogs come from. Organization-trained service dogs can cost up to $25,000. That includes two years of training, plus the organization’s expenses for food and veterinary care.So many people from different organizations helped us to find a dog considered qualified to enter the training program (usually you are paired with a dog that is already trained). Our situation has us doing it backwards from the traditional method most people use.  We have the dog and she will be trained to her highest ability level. She came from a breeder who has been successful breeding service dogs for 7 years. Instantly Koko and Jayden formed a connection and we have been truly blessed with how incredibly she has done with her training. She is being training by one of the best dog trainers in California and he is confident that with continued training she will able to work with Jayden. She is about to enter phase 2 of her training. She will also be meeting with a state evaluator soon to take her certification to become a certified therapy dog. After phase 2 she will begin working on her service dog certification. She will be training to be tethered to Jayden and act as his anchor in situations he tries to climb and or escape to help with his lack of safety awareness and to help with some of his other behaviors. This has been a huge expense for our family, we never considered asking for help like this before but we are really feeling the financial strain this has put us in because we have already paid for the dog, all her health care and Phase 1 of the training. Any help would be amazing and would be tremendously appreciated. 

Donations

  • Mary Carr 
    • $50 
    • 32 mos
  • John Morgan 
    • $250 
    • 33 mos
  • Timothy Morgan 
    • $3,000 
    • 33 mos
  • Mary Stone 
    • $300 
    • 33 mos
  • John Morgan 
    • $250 
    • 33 mos

Organizer

Jeremy Morgan 
Organizer
Escondido, CA
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