SERVICE DOG TRAINING

What is a Service Dog?

Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.  The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person's disability. The dog must be trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability.

We offer in-person training for those who need the help of an assistance canine to mitigate a medical disability. We are able to assist you in training specific tasks, including hearing assistance, light mobility assistance (non weight bearing), medical response, autism assistance, psychiatric and PTSD related tasks.

 

We do request a letter of recommendation from a local licensed medical professional directly indicating the need for a task trained Service Dog. This letter should also state the reasoning for this need, and how the dog should be able to mitigate your disabilities. If you are unable to provide a letter, please contact us for further information.

If you currently have a dog and you would like to see if they are suitable for service work, we are happy to evaluate them to see if they are able to pass our behavioral evaluation and service dog testing criteria. We want to ensure that your dog will be able to do the job that you will need for the future. Please note that no training is conducted during this evaluation. 

Service Dog Evaluation

Investment - $50

If you currently don't have a dog, we are happy to assist in the process of finding a dog for you that will fit your needs. The dog could be found potentially in a local shelter, through a rescue or from an ethical preservation breeder. 

The amount of time put into training each dog is different and many factors affect that timeline. These factors can include the age of the dog, their biddability, the number of cues and/or tasks they need to have proofed in multiple environments, amount of time spent practicing, etc. Many times training can take between one and two years to complete depending on these factors.​

One Individual 1 Hour Private Lesson

Investment - $125

Takes place in the privacy of your home or in a public location

We also offer one-on-one programs for your convenience. Our programs include meeting once a week for an hour and must be completed within a 16 month period from date of purchase. If you are in need of virtual assistance or programs, please contact us and we will work together to formulate something that is suitable to your needs. We accept payment plans, and all programs are non-refundable once started.

Service Dog Training Programs

Public Access Program

Investment: $960

Our Public Access program is an 8 week program for the dog who needs brushing up on public skills, for the team that needs more practice in new environments, for those who are uncertain about entering certain places or stores, or for anyone who just needs some guidance on being a new team in public places.

Task Training Program

Investment: $1,760

Our Task Training program consists of four, 4-week sessions that cover teaching two to three tasks in the home, and then proofing those tasks around different distractions, in multiple environments and in many different situations. Testing is conducted prior to starting the next phase of training.

Phase One - Task One

Phase Two - Task Two and Three/Proofing

Phase Three - Basic Proofing in Public

Phase Four - Advanced Proofing in Public

3 Month Training Program

Investment: $1,380

The three month program consists of two, 6-week sessions with testing prior to starting the next phase of training. Excellent program for puppies or young dogs starting out on their Service Dog journey.

Phase One - Basic Skills

Phase Two - Advanced Skills

6 Month Training Program

Investment: $2,520

The six month program consists of three, 8-week sessions with testing prior to starting the next phase of training. Best suited for dogs who have good manners in home and in public, have passed the CGC, handle public situations calmly and can remain relaxed with distractions.

Phase One - Proofing Skills in Public

Phase Two - Task Training and Proofing in Public (One Task)

Phase Three - Public Access Skills

12 Month Training Program 

Investment: $4,800

This year-long program consists of phases spread out into six, 8-week sessions with testing prior to starting the next phase of training.

Phase One - Basic Skills

Phase Two - Advanced Skills

Phase Three - Proofing Skills in Public

Phase Four - Task Training (One Task)

Phase Five - Proofing Tasks in Public

Phase Six - Public Access Skills

There will be a $1/per mile travel fee for zip codes 20 miles outside of 85258.

If you would like more information on getting your dog trained to mitigate your disabilities, or have any other questions regarding our service dog training program, please give us a call or send us an email.

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