SERVICE DOG TRAINING
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. A service dog is not a pet.
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.
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.
Based on the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP) guidelines, training a service dog requires a minimum of 120 hours of training for at least 6 months (depending on the dog and the required skills). During that time, dogs also need to work a minimum of 30 hours in public settings to help them generalize their skills and teach them to be responsive and unobtrusive in a variety of public places.
If you don't yet have a dog, we are happy to assist in the process of finding a dog that will fit your needs. The dog could be found potentially in a local shelter, through a rescue or from an ethical preservation breeder.
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 behavior 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 would like more information on getting your dog trained to mitigate your disabilities, or have any other questions regarding our services, please give us a call or send us an email.