Service dogs are defined in the Americans with Disabilities
Act and are dogs that are specifically trained to help people with
disabilities. I help people with disabilities train their own dog to assist
them as a service dog. I will be happy to help you train a mobility assistance
dog or a psychiatric service dog.
Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Training - ESA’s are not the same thing as
service animals and are not allowed places pets are not permitted, but are
currently allowed on the cabin of a plane and in some types of no-pet housing.
We can help ESA’s be calm for air travel and teach good manners if they are
living no-pet housing.
Phone Consultations - Receive guidance to select a dog for
service work, an ESA or learn about service dog training.
Age requirements - Owner should be 18 years old or older or have a dedicated handler to work with them that is 18 years or older.
Able to attend training lessons for 1.5 years or longer. We do offer day training or board and train options for part of the training if that is an option you would like.
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 I
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 provider for use of a service dog.
Requirements for the Dog
1. No history of aggression towards dogs, people or
2. 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.
3. No history of any
serious behavior problems like fear or separation anxiety
4. Under age 4,
Step 1: We begin with a 30-45 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.
Step 2: We conduct a 60 minute in-person evaluation of your dog. This
is where we look at how your dog responds to some minor stressors and in a new
situation to see if it is appropriate to begin training him or her for service
work. FEE $90.00
Step 3: 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, private training, board and train.
a) The dog will need basic obedience training working up to a Canine Good Citizen Title. If they can not be a good citizen, they will not be a good candidate for a service dog. We offer Levels training to get to this point if they need it. The fee for this is $250 to $450 for 2 to 6 months.
b) Once they have the basic ground work, we can start with the service dog training. We offer that in either Day Training, Board and Train or private lessons. After a certain point, all the work will be in private lessons. A Day Training package is $500 for 8 sessions. A Board and Train package is $500 for 5 days. A private training package is $470 for 6 sessions.
Step 4: Follow up support. Ongoing brush up training throughout your
service dog’s working career.