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Service Dog Program

A service dog receives intensive, specialized training to perform specific tasks that mitigate a documented disability.  Service dogs are entitled to public access and held to the highest standards of behavior and performance.  This program is the most time-intensive and costly plan and requires consistency and dedication.

 

FORMAT

Individual sessions with some group work

DURATION

Dependent upon the individual dog and training profile, typically between 16-24 months

AGES

Starting a puppy at eight weeks is preferred- typically 12 months or less can be considered

LOCATIONS

In-home and all public areas (restaurants, grocery stores, gyms, etc.)

Dog Requirements

Full-service assessment, documentation of veterinary care, and current shots (to appropriate age)

DOG SKILLS

Basic and Advanced Obedience, appropriate behavior for public access, healthy socialization, balance in stressful situations, and responses to the needs of your specific disability

HUMAN Requirements

Documentation of medical necessity and a letter of recommendation from your provider

HUMAN SKILLS

Understanding public access, managing questions related to having a service dog, building a confident relationship with your dog, recognizing the limitations of your service dog