Our Client Stories
Autism service dog training from a distance
My daughter has Autism and after an unfortunate experience my family decided as a last resort to try a service dog. We got Aspen as a puppy and due to the expense of things we decided his training would have to be a plan we could manage. Compass Key although not near us offered flexible training options with various prices. So far Aspen has helped stabilize my daughter. They absolutely love each other. Aspen is responding well to training. We still have a long way to go but hopefully we can make Aspen a Autism service dog.
Becoming a mobility service dog
Thank you for everything you guys have done to help us train Lucky to be the most perfect dog for our family...especially Matthew. The joy he brings us everyday is endless. Kaitlyn was amazing. She gave me the confidence and patience I never thought I had to deal with training a dog and especially bringing him out and about in public (that was extremely hard for me to overcome). She was always understanding and accommodating with my schedule and my crazy life with three kids. I can't thank you guys enough for everything.
More to life to experience with him by my side
My Service Dog, Jack, did not show me the way to heaven, but he did lead me out of hell. My panic disorder, PTSD, and generalized anxiety disorder was too large of a mountain for me to climb alone. I couldn’t do it alone.
Because of Compass Key, and lots of hard work, now, I don’t need to do it alone. Now, I have Jack, my Service Dog, who is always by my side, and we walk shoulder to shoulder together through whatever my mental illness brings. If I tremble, Jack puts his paw on my leg to remind me he is there. If I pick at my hands, Jack will cover my hands with his face to distract me. If I cry, Jack alerts and gives me kisses. If I do have an anxiety attack, Jack places himself under my body so that I have a soft, warm place to be until the attack subsides. If necessary, Jack can alert someone else that I need assistance, and bring them to me.
I am never going to be cured, but with Jack as my partner, he has made my disabilities manageable. With Jack by my side, I will go to work, and show up in the world in the way the I want to show up. I can exist in the world without fear of panic attacks or dissociation because I know that Jack is there to mitigate my disabilities.
Jack has brought me out of hell, and into the world, and there is so much more to experience now with Jack next to me to help.
Joey Iversen is the epitome of who a Profession Service Dog Trainer should be. Joey is kind, gentle, and extremely knowledgeable about canine behavior, and working dogs. Joey treats both myself and my canine partner with the utmost respect, and encourages sustainable, realistic training progress while remaining patient and understanding. She continues to have fresh ideas when it comes to training, encouraging me to keep moving forward with Service Training. She inspires me to work hard with my dog and value progress. Joey Iversen knows the Training industry inside and out, and her work makes that crystal clear. I am lucky to have found her!