Can You Test If My Current Dog Can Be A Service Dog?

Can You Test If My Current Dog Can Be A Service Dog?

FAQ: Can You Test If My Current Dog Can Be A Service Dog?

This is another unique service we offer; we can test any dog for task aptitude. If your dog is well-suited for the job, we can train it for you.

The first step is meeting with us in public and person. This allows us to assess your dog and the relationship between you. In-person assessments take about one hour and are usually conducted in the outside seating area of a local (local to us) restaurant (e.g., Panera Bread). The price of this initial assessment is $150.

The outcome of this meeting can be threefold. One, your dog is a clear service dog candidate, and we can move forward. Two, we need more time with it and would need an evaluation week to make a determination. Three, your dog is not suitable for service dog work in our estimate.

If we don’t consider your dog a good service dog candidate, other trainers may see it differently. No one is the ultimate authority on what a dog can and can not accomplish. We use our experience, background, and knowledge when judging. We gauge temperament, focus, engagement, motivation, psychological soundness, washout risk, and other factors. If we don’t think a dog can perform the tasks well, may get injured by the tasks or will likely wash out, or would not be able to work for at least 3-5 years post-training, we won’t admit your dog into our program.

How we train is very different from what most people are familiar with from attending or observing public obedience classes. Training a service dog is more comparable to coaching a high-level athlete than training a pet.

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We are located in Southern California and train service dogs nationwide. Hence, Total K9 Focus currently offers local service dog training in several areas. Riverside County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County, and San Diego County. In addition, we offer our service dog board and train program and all virtual training services nationwide.

Are you looking to get your own service dog? You came to the right place! We are experienced service dog trainers. Consequently, we can help you with any service dog request. For many of our clients, we train a service dog from puppyhood. However, we also evaluate the service dog potential of existing pets or rescue dogs. Our flagship product is our board and train program. In addition, we offer owner-trained service dog support. Further, provide virtual service dog training worldwide.

Further, we can add tasks to an existing service dog you already have. Or help you solve a tasking, training, or behavioral challenge you may face with your current service dog. We offer several service dog financing options to make it possible for you. We recommend you start by reading our article on what makes a good service dog. Next, review the Service Dog Consultation page to understand the high-level process. Finally, once you're ready to move forward, please use our service dog contact form to schedule your free consultation.