Ricochet has over two years of service dog training, and over 10 years working with individuals with disabilities. She's been trained specific tasks to mitigate a person’s disability. As such, she’s a service dog when she’s working one-on-one with a person who is disabled like a veteran with PTSD or a child with autism. That one-on-one work carries over to the beach when she’s interacting or surfing to mitigate the individual’s disability.
It's a play on words for service dog. We gave Ricochet that title to differentiate between her one-on-one service dog work on land, and her one-on-one work while surfing with individuals who need her assistance. Working with adaptive surfing organizations, and special needs kids is the perfect platform for Ricochet to utilize her service dog training, surfing skills, and experience with disabilities.
Ricochet is certified goal directed therapy dog with Paws’itive teams, and a registered therapy dog with Alliance of Therapy Dogs (formerly Therapy Dogs Inc), she also has the highest AKC title of Therapy Dog Distinguished. When Ricochet is representing organizations that registered or certified her, she is considered a therapy dog.
Emotional support dog
Ricochet is also involved in the Emotional Support Dog Program through Paws'itive Teams. Our Executive Director is on the steering committee and also helps teach the classes that are designed specifically for veterans with PTSD or TBI. Often, when Ricochet is working one-on-one as a therapy dog, she will switch between acting as a therapy dog and emotional support dog.