Service Dog Training is a long process. It is not something that I can hand you a street ready dog in a months time.
There is a multi step process of training for Service Dog work.
We must go though all of the following steps:
Basic Level Skills
Basics Level Skills with Distractions
Intermediate Level Skills
Off Leash Training
Intermediate Level Skills with Distractions
Tasks with Distractions
Public Access Training
Public Task Training
ADA Law Education
It can take 6 months to a year to get all of this training in depending on you and your dog.
I charge $2600 per 6 months of work.
This includes 1 private appointment a week, that lasts for a hour. Consultations by phone during business hours, email and text any time. Appointments will be at You Lucky Dog on Southwest Drive until you and your dog are ready to go out to practice for the Public Access Test and then we will go to other Public areas such as the Mall or other various dog friendly places.
I do take a $400 Deposit
Then you can start making payments based on an individual payment plan.
I test for the Alliance of Therapy dogs. Testing for the Certificaion requires the dogs to learn how to greet people in seated positions,, visit medical facilities, Loose Leash walking, and minding their manners.
This is an 8 week class, which requires at least 3 visits during our testing.
Once certified you are required to do at least 4 visits a year.
Canine Good Citizen Training & Testing
Canine Good Citizen is a standard of testing for manners and obedience that has been adopted by 48 states.
There are 10 requirements to pass CGC Certification;
Accepting a friendly stranger
The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.
Sitting Politely for Petting
The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.
Appearance and Grooming
The dog will permit someone to check it’s ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.
Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead)
Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).
Walking Through a Crowd
This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places.
Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place
The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.
Coming When Called
This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet on a leash).
Reaction to Another Dog
This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs.
Reaction to Distraction
The evaluator will select and present two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc.
This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners.