Do you have a dog that you need to become a Service Dog?
First, I will need to meet you and your dog to evaluate him/her. We will do a consultation at this time. We will discuss what needs to be worked on and the potential your dog has to become a service dog.
To become a service dog, your dog will need to pass a Public Access test (see below). I will train you and your dog to pass the a Public Access test. Once the dog has passed that test, I will train your dog the specific tasks it needs to perform for you. This will be a board and train. Depending on the tasks it can take 2-3 months of training.
I also board and train dogs from start to finish (Obedience and Task Training). With this option you (the handler) will need to pass the a Public Access test once your dog has been placed with you. Once your dog has completed their training I will spend a week training you and your dog together. This ensures a smooth transition for you and your dog. We will go over everything needed to pass the test and how to bond with your dog! The Public Access test will be conducted after the week of training during the placement with your dog.
The time frame for this option is 3-5 months depending on tasks.
Common tasks for psychiatric service dogs are: Lap, Hug, Blanket, Here, Nudge, Watch my back, and Follow. Lap, hug and blanket are examples of deep-pressure therapy (DPT). Nudge is an example of disrupting anxiety or self-harming behaviors.
Common tasks for mobility service dogs are: Retrieving objects, pulling open doors, pressing handicap buttons, and carrying bags/objects.
Tasks can be custom to the handler's needs.
You may already have a dog and want to train it to be your service dog. Service dogs go under a lot of exposure and need to meet public access requirements.
If we start training and the dog shows behaviors, "red flags" that were not visible during the evaluation, I will notify you and I will need to re-evaluate your dog.
Each service dog will need to be able to pass a Public Access Test. This ensures the safety of the public, the service dog, and their handler. Some examples testing include; non-reactive to dogs and surroundings, leave food alone, and to not rush through doors. Click on the link below to see the full list. You do not need to register your service dog as there is no ADA law requiring that, but your dog does need to meet certain standards or can be kicked out of a business.