How Long Does a Service Dog Program Typically Take?

How Long Does a Service Dog Program Typically Take?

FAQ: How Long Does a Service Dog Program Typically Take?

There really is no typical service dog training duration. It all depends on the tasking you are looking for. Program duration can be anywhere between 1-3 years. The more tasks you need, the longer it takes. There are several duration factors to keep in mind:

Finding a Dog: Locating and testing a great service dog puppy can take anywhere from 2 weeks tp 4 months. If the desired or required dog breed is more narrow, it can take longer. We had a case, where it came down to one breed only and we had to wait until the next litter was ready from the only breeder we could use.

Maturity: If we are starting training with a puppy, it needs to mature. Most dogs won’t be ready to start working as service dogs until 18 months of age for this reason also.

Health: Mobility and stability service dogs must be of the appropriate height and weight in relationship to their person. Also, their growth plates must close (confirmed with x-rays) before they can have pressure put on their skeleton for such tasks. While the foundational training for mobility and stability tasks can start earlier, the final task training can only start once the growth plates are closed. For this reason mobility and stability service dogs take about 24 months to completion.

Other Service Dog Training Duration Factors

Washout Risk: The industry washout rate is about 50%. Our own washout rate is only 10%. But when it happens, we have to start over, extending the duration. Our clients are covered by the Total K9 Focus Puppy Guarantee, significantly reducing your financial risk but we would obviously have to start over. No one ever expects this tpo be the case with their dog but it does happen and we should never lose sight of that.

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Services and Area

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.