What does it cost to train a Service Dog?
The cost to raise and train a Service Dog can range from $30,000 - $100,000. Due to the customized nature of our programs, the cost for certain services can start as low as $10,000. We offer scholarships for our programs and our dogs can be acquired on a sliding scale, so no one is left behind due to financial constraints.
How long does it take to train a Service Dog?
Depending on a number of factors, it could take a few months to a couple years. If we are owner training a well started adult, it would be on the faster end. Raising and training a puppy takes at least a year, then we need to train the dog and human as a team. The more tasks required or the more specialized the work, the longer it will take to train the dog.
Can my dog be a Service Dog?
If you have an ADA defined disability and your dog passes evaluation, they could be a candidate. It takes a unique dog to have the traits to qualify as a Service Dog. The dog must be fearless, confident, owner oriented, focused, have a desire to work, settle easily, and have no fear or aggression issues. Purchasing a puppy on your own and hoping it can be trained as a Service Dog increases the failure rate if you don't know how to evaluate breeders and pups.
How long is your waiting list?
Because we are a small organization that customizes each case, this answer can vary. We may have a dog currently in training that could be a match for you or we would need to seek out a breeder and pup to bring in and start training for your personal situation. Or you may have a pet dog that qualifies as a candidate and the training time would depend on the age of the dog, any previous training, the time and effort put in, the dog's cognitive strengths and weaknesses, etc, etc. Training a dog to become a Service Dog is not a guarantee. At any point, a dog could be let go from the program if certain issues arise. We also do not keep a list based on order of applicants. Priority goes to pairing the right dog and human team, not first-come-first-served.
What should I do if I'm interested in a Service Dog?
Start by filing out our application and send in the processing fee. We will then reach out to schedule an initial interview. We will then continue the process of getting to know you so we can match you with the right dog. You might work with several dogs in our training program, which helps us get to know you better and be able to tell what kind of handler you are and what temperament of dog would be best suited for you. You can not apply for a specific dog that you have seen in our program. We know our dogs and want to be sure that it's the best match for both them and you. We do not guarantee placement with our dogs. If you are not a good fit, we will notify you in writing.