Timeline of the Assistance Dog Center T.A.R.S.Q ®



       2020

  •       Covid-19-Dogs Project starts
  •       Maltese Assistances Dog Center is opened


       2019

  • The Swiss Assistance Dog Center opened.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center T.A.R.S.Q. has trained an assistance dog for the first time for a woman in London (UK).
  • For the first time an owner trained assistance dog whose training has been accompanied by an assistance dog trainer from the German Assistance Dog center T.A.R.S.Q. was trained for a woman in Singapore.
  • An assistance dog of the German Assistance Dog Center T.A.R.S.Q. has received an audience in Vatican and has been blessed by Archbishop Gaenswein.
  • course for ESA dog trainer
  • For the first time, the german government fund for persons who have been abused in their childhood has taken over the costs of a PTSD assistance for more than the regular taken over costs of 10.000 Euro. This time the fund pays up to 19.100 Euro for a fully trained assistance dog.
  • The Workers compensation board has paid the costs for a fully trained mobility assistance dog.
  • Another workers compensation commits, after the dog passed the assistance dog temperament test, for the first time to pay the costs of the owner training accompanied by an assistance dog trainer for the dog of a deaf man.
  • For the first time, a residential home has given permission for an assistance dog to move in. Theo will assist his new assistance dog partner with seizures, PTSD and depression.

 

 

  • 2018
  • The Austrian Assistance Dog Center is opened.
  • The german health insurance „Pax-Familienfuersorge“ has paid 20% of the training costs of an autism dog that will be owner trained with the help of an assistance dog trainer.  
  • The german insurance for public officials „DBV Deutsche Beamtenversicherung“ has paid 30% of the costs fo a mobility dog that will be owner trained accompanied by an assistance dog trainer.
  • For the first time, the German pension insurance has paid the costs for the schooling of an assistance dog trainer. For this, the pension insurance worked closely with the German Assistance Dog Center T.A.R.S.Q.® and determined that the quality of the assistance dog trainer college course is as high as a fully vocational education.
  • The first worldwide research study about the benefits of an ESA (Emotional Support Animal/Dog) has been conducted in the DAZ T.A.R.S.Q.®´s research department.

 

2017

  • The Assistance Dog Center T.A.R.S.Q ® begins training assistance dog trainers worldwide.
  • A Japanese delegation visits the German Assistance Dog Center and is shown how assistance dogs in Germany are trained.
  • The Sozialdienst katholischer Frauen (Social Service of Catholic Women) in Germany takes on the training of an autism assistance dog for the first time.

 

2016

  • The Assistance Dog Center T.A.R.S.Q ® becomes an international organization, opening worldwide locations in the coming years. The European headquarter of the Assistance Dog Center is opened in England.

 

2015

  • The German parliament puts funding for sexual abuse towards the complete costs of training a PTSD assistance dog for the first time.
  • Der Weiße Ring (Germany) takes on the cost of training a PTSD assistance dog for the first time.

 

2014

  • Insurance in Germany takes on the training of epilepsy seizure dogs.
  • The radio show "Helfer auf 4 Pfoten" ("Helper on 4 paws") about assistance dog by the German Assistance Dog Center T.A.R.S.Q. is broadcast every Sunday 19.00-20.00 on the german Haustier Radio (Pet Radio)

 

2013

  • Director Luca Barrett is asked by the German state parliament to write an expert report on diabetes alert dogs.
  • Luca Barrett publishes the first book in Europe on PTSD assistance dogs.
  • Luca Barrett publishes the first training book in Europe on autism assistance dogs.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center trains the first asthma alert dog in Germany.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center trains the first stroke alert dog in Germany.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center trains the first FASD assistance dog in Germany.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center trains the first dementia assistance dog in Germany,
  • An seizure alert dog, which is being owner trained at the German Assistance Dog Center with the help of an assistance dog trainer, is allowed daily into the training workplace and the classes of the vocational school while still in training and before the assistance dog exam.
  • In a groundbreaking research study, the German Assistance Dog Center finds out what it is that alert dogs of people with diabetes and epilepsy perceive.

 

2012

  • The German Assistance Dog Center trains the first ever dual guide dog and diabetes alert dog, a Lollie®.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center carries out, together with a research study of the same name, the first hearing dog project, in which dogs from shelters are trained by trainers to be hearing dogs.
  • An insurance company refuses a diabetic child a blood sugar sensor, reasoning that the blood sugar sensor isn't necessary because the child already has the reliable support of a diabetes alert dog. The diabetes alert dog was trained at the German Assistance Dog Center T.A.R.S.Q..
  • Director Luca Barrett writes the first book in Europe on the training of diabetes alert dogs.
  • Director Luca Barrett writes the first German book on the training of assistance dog puppies, "Auswahl, Standards, Training" ("Selection, Standards, Training").

 

2011

  • The German Assistance Dog Center trains the first assistance dog for a woman with schizophrenia.
  • An assistance dog, which was trained in owner training accompanied by an assistance dog trainer as a diabetes alert dog at the German Assistance Dog Center, is the first ever assistance dog to receive authorization, while still in training and before the exam, to travel with a type 1 diabetic in the cabin of a flight from Cologne to Munich.
  • The first Lollie® puppies are born and begin the training to become diabetes alert dogs. Lollie® is the specially bred assistance dog breed at the assistance dog breeding program.
  • The German Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs approves bringing a diabetes alert dog from the German Assistance Dog Center to a general school on a daily basis. Children with type 1 diabetes take their diabetes alert dogs, owner trained accompanied by an assistance dog trainer at the German Assistance Dog Center, with them to school daily.
  • A PTSD assistance dog, which was trained with professional assisted training at the German Assistance Dog Center, receives special authorization to accompany its partner into a trauma clinic where dogs are forbidden.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center starts training head assistance dog trainers across the whole of Germany, enabling the qualified training of assistance dogs in various regions.

 

2010

  • The first book about the experience of having a diabetes alert dog is written by a family who trained their dog in owner training accompanied by an assistance dog trainer at the German Assistance Dog Center.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center carries out a study on the benefits of PTSD assistance dogs.
  • A diabetes alert dog, which was trained in owner training accompanied by an assistance dog trainer at the German Assistance Dog Center, receives, while still in training and before the final assistance dog exam, special authorization to accompany his diabetic owner into a diabetes clinic for rehab.
  • Development of the assistance dog breeding program at the German Assistance Dog Center.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center trains the first assistance dog for a woman with bipolar disorder.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center trains its 100th assistance dog.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center begins a research study into the effects of the rearing of a puppy on its success as an assistance dog.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center trains the first allergy detection dog.

 

2009

  • The German Assistance Dog Center trains the first autism assistance dogs for children in owner training accompanied by an assistance dog trainer.
  • Finn, Luca Barrett and her training of diabetes alert dogs has been reported on by over 300 media companies.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center trains the first migraine alert dog.
  • The German parliament places German Assistance Dog Center diabetes alert dogs on the same level as guide dogs for the blind.
  • Assistance dogs from the German Assistance Dog Center receive right of access due to adherence to high national and international recognized standards.

 

2008

  • The German Assistance Dog Center trains the first epilepsy alert dog in Germany, who can notice seizures a few minutes prior to them occurring.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center trains the first diabetes alert dogs in Austria and Switzerland.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center is the first in Europe to train PTSD assistance dogs for women affected by a complex post-traumatic disorder.
  • Luca Barrett takes a long-haul Lufthansa flight to the USA with the first diabetes alert dog, Finn, in the cabin. Finn is the first diabetes alert dog in the world to be given admission to the cabin during a long-haul flight. In the USA, Finn is given admission everywhere as a recognized diabetes alert dog.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center begins a research study into the comparative warning capabilities of diabetes alert dogs and blood sugar sensors.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center trains the first assistance dog in Europe for a woman with dissociative identity disorder.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center begins a research study into diabetes alert dogs for type 2 diabetics.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center has trained 30 diabetes alert dogs, epilepsy seizure alert dogs, mobility dogs and PTSD service dogs.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center begins a research study into shelter dogs as assistance dogs.
  • All diabetes alert dogs, who are owner trained for adults accompanied by an assistance dog trainer at the German Assistance Dog Center, are allowed to be taken to work or into the supermarket while still in training.
  • The German Assistance Dog Center begins a research study into the capability of dogs to reliably report hypoglycemia.

 

2007

  • The German Assistance Dog Center trains the first diabetes alert dog in Germany.
  • Luca Barrett begins the first project for training diabetes alert dogs for type 1 diabetics in Germany: Projekt Diabeikerwarnhund (engl.: Diabetes Alert Dog Project)