Service Dog Training

Service Dogs are defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act and are dogs that are specifically trained to help people with disabilities. We help people with disabilities train their own dog to assist them as a service dog. We train mobility dogs for those who meet the criteria.

Requirements

  • Service Dog Owner must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be able to attend training lessons for 1.5 years or longer. Training includes weekly private lessons, group classes and day training.
  • Must be able to commit daily time to practicing with your dog between appointments.
  • Have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Aware that you may end up with a dog that can only help at home or in places pets are allowed. Up to 50% of service dog candidates in programs are not able to complete training and work in places pets are not permitted.
  • Willing to wait until we evaluate your dog’s suitability and help you train your dog foundation skills before putting service dog identification on your dog and before taking your dog to places pets are not permitted.
  • Have support from your licensed healthcare provide for use of a service dog.

Requirements for the Dog

  • No history of aggression towards dogs, people or other animals.
  • Easily trained. A breed or mix likely to have characteristics suitable for service work such as Labradors and Golden Retrievers. Each dog is assessed as an individual but some breeds are more likely to exhibit characteristics suitable for service work than others.
  • No history of any serious behavior problems like fear or separation anxiety.
  • Under age 4, physically healthy.

Our Process

Step 1

We begin with a 30 minute phone appointment where we discuss your needs, identify tasks that would be helpful to train, review your dog’s behavioral history, educate you on reputable service dog informational resources and give you some training recommendations. Cost $25

Step 2

We conduct a 90 minute in-person evaluation of your dog. We look at how your dog responds to some minor stressors and in new situations to see if it is appropriate to begin training him or her for service work. Cost: $120

Step 3

Continue training for service work if your dog is suitable. This process usually takes 1-2 years but can take longer. Process includes group classes, day training, and private training. Cost: $4000-$8000 (Paid in installments)

Step 4

Follow up support. Ongoing brush-up training throughout your service dog’s working career. Cost: $85 per hour

Amy Weeks - Service Dog Training
Victoria Stillwell Positively Dog Training Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed Pet Professional Guild Association of Professional Dog Trainers American Kennel Club S.T.A.R. Puppy American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen American Kennel Club Community Canine