Service Dog, Emotional Support Animal & Therapy Dog Training Programs
Our Service Dog Training program requires a consultation by phone to assess your dog for service work and discuss the tasks you need your dog to do for your disability. The next step is a commitment from you to work together anywhere from 6 months to 2 years (depending on your goals, your dog's age, and the tasks required for your service dog), and are involved in practicing on a daily basis with your dog during and after the Service Dog Training program. The Dog Obedience Classes required include Puppy/Beginner ($139), Middle School ($139), Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep ($159). After your dog is a Canine Good Citizen through our program, the next step is Private Training sessions (starts at $135 an hr) in accordance with your dog's individual task training program for your disability and prepare him for the Public Access Test. Please register for Puppy/Beginner by clicking the "Class Registration" page.
1. An Emotional Support Animal is one that provides therapeutic benefits to its owner through companionship and affection. The owner of an Emotional Support Dog receives a sense of well-being, safety and calmness from their dog's physical presence. Emotional Support Animals are not specifically trained to perform a given task that a person with a disability may have. Instead, the dog only needs as much training as any other dog would need, in order to live peacefully among people without being of any trouble or danger to its owner or other people. We will only train psychiatric emotional support animals if you are high functioning and responsible, can make your appointments and do the practice exercises in-between sessions. Emotional Support Animals DO NOT have public access with its owner. They can only travel on an airplane with their owner.
*Each dog enrolled in our Emotional Support Service Animal program starts with our Puppy/Beginner class ($139). Then attends our Middle School class ($139) followed by the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep class ($159) to prepare to pass the CGC Test, and further training sessions (starts at $135 an hr) to prepare to pass the Public Access Test (PAT) (for airports and airplane travel). Please register for Puppy/Beginner by clicking the "Class Registration" page.
2. A Service Dog is a task oriented dog specifically trained to assist their owner in mobility or to perform certain tasks that are directly related to the person's disability. We only train psychiatric service dogs if you are high functioning and responsible, can make your appointments and do the practice exercise in-between sessions. Task Oriented Service Dogs have public access everywhere with its owner, including airplane travel.
Examples of Task Oriented Service Dog Tasks:
Lean in, block front, block behind, retrieve objects, stand, brace, turn on light, turn off light, pull objects, touch (nose), tap (paw), go get help, park it, open door, close door (see videos above), open drawer, close drawer, take off socks, under the table, alert for alarm, alert for doorbell, alert for phone, and many more. All tasks are performed for client's individual needs for assistance.
*Each dog enrolled in our Task Oriented Service Dog program starts with our Puppy/Beginner class ($139). Then attends our Middle School class ($139) followed by the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep class ($159) to prepare to pass the CGC Test, and further training sessions (starts at $135 an hr) to train your dog to do the tasks you need for your individual disability, as well as, prepare to pass the Public Access Test (PAT) (for public access wherever you go, including airports and airplane travel). Please register for Puppy/Beginner by clicking the "Class Registration" page.
A Therapy Dog is one that provides comfort to people in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or anywhere else a therapy dog would be needed. The dog should have a good temperament and be relatively calm, with a gentle playfulness, and a love of humankind. Dogs are so free to give their love and affection to anyone, and do not let us feel we are different from anyone else. Therapy Dogs help people forget their grief, suffering, illnesses, loneliness and age, even for a moment of time is very therapeutic. The Dog Obedience Classes required include Puppy/Beginner ($139), Middle School ($139), Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep ($159). Please register for Puppy/Beginner by clicking the "Class Registration" page.
Most organized Therapy Dog Groups (i.e, Therapy Dogs International or Pet Partners), do require that the potential therapy dog pass the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Examination. Some organizations have additional testing that is required to join the group. Joining a therapy dog group is becoming very popular as it is something that you and your dog can do together!
Kronk started at Puppy/Beginner when he was 10 weeks old as a Service Dog in Training. Next he took Middle School to learn more distance with stays, duration with wait and stay, and learn to handle distractions in which he would encounter as a Service Dog. Then he attended the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep Classes in July 2017. To further help with teaching his tasks, he attended the Tricks & Beginning Agility class 101 in August 2018, and immediately after took the Advanced Tricks & Agility class 102 in October 2018.
He passed his CGC Exam on August 19, 2017 and received his AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. He is such an energetic dog and eager to please. He loves to tug and fetch, which is a great quality in a service dog in order to open and close doors and refrigerators and retrieve items for their owners.
He took private sessions to learn all his task work for his owner, and on his way very soon to become a Task Oriented Service Dog! He knows how to alert his owner for anxiety, alerts before seizures, blocks his owner when he senses a person not so nice approaching, he fetches anything his owner asks for, for instance, her medication bag, her shoes, his leash, a water bottle from the refrigerator, he braces for his owner to help her get her up from the chair or wheel chair, lays under the table in restaurants, and under her feet on the bus, and is nice to the owner's cats. He has been taught what to do should his owner have a seizure or pass out.
After we work a little more on fetching help from another person, we will be scheduling his last session where he will take the Public Access Test (PAT) as the final test towards becoming an official Service Dog. Way to go Kronk!! He is an awesome dog and companion for his owner.
After private service dog training sessions, Stella attended the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep Classes in March 2016 as a Service Dog in Training. She passed her CGC Exam on April 30, 2016 and received her AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. She is such an awesome dog! Stella was then ready to take her Public Access Test (PAT). She passed her PAT test on May 4, 2016 and is now an Emotional Support Animal for her owner. Awesome job Stella girl!
Kaiser attended the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep Classes in January 2016 as a Service Dog in Training. He passed his CGC Exam on March 5, 2016 and received his AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. He is such smart dog, and is so boned to his owner!
After private service dog training sessions, Kaiser was then ready to take his Public Access Test (PAT). He passed his PAT with flying colors on May 4, 2016 and is now a Task Oriented Service Dog for his owner. Fantastic job Kaiser!