Service dog training is highly specialized dog training to produce reliable dogs, to support people with a wide variety of conditions. This page gives you a high-level overview of the services we offer and some of the things you should consider. During your service dog consultation, we will discuss all aspects relevant to you in detail.
This website is about our services and how we can help you get the best dog for your needs. During your service dog consultation we will discuss details. If you have general questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for service animals, please read this document by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Conditions We Train For
Our service dog training programs presently offer dogs task-trained to support people with:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)
- Cardiac Conditions
- Diabetic Alert
- Psychiatric Disorders
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
The complete service dog training process can take anywhere from 1-3 years. The duration varies greatly by client. The training effort is based on current needs, expected progression of the condition and the training program you select. We'll discuss these details in more depth during our service dog consultation.
All dogs are task trained to meet your individual needs. In addition, the dogs are trained to understand all basic commands and are socialized in all relevant environments.
Training Options to Discuss During Our Service Dog Consultation
We offer our services nationwide. Depending on your location, we have several different options you can choose:
- Board and Train: This is our most popular program and perfect if you don't have enough time to train your dog every day. It's also great if you don't live locally.
- Private Lessons or Day Training (local only): If you live locally and want to train your own service dog, this option is for you. I will work with you side-by-side, guiding you all the way through the process. read more
- Virtual Coaching (nationwide): The perfect option if you're not local but still want to benefit from our experience in Service Dog Training. Through virtual online sessions and phone support, I coach you step-by-step. You work hands-on with your dog under my guidance. read more
- Service Dog Troubleshooting: If you have a Service Dog problem you can't solve and have no longer access (or no support) from your original Service Dog provider, we can help you. I will develop a customized training plan to get your Service Dog back on track. read more
Most Service Dog Training start with carefully selected and specifically raised puppies. This is how most Service Dog trainers work. We offer the same option, but we also offer something far less common. We also train rescue dogs to become service dogs. Contact us to discuss this option for an existing rescue dog you may already have in your home.
Service Dog Requirements
To be able to get a Service Dog you must:
- Have a diagnosed physical or mental disability as per ADA standards.
- Live in a stable environment.
- Are able to meet the physical and mental needs of the dog.
- Have reliable transportation should an emergency vet visit be necessary.
When looking for Service Dog training, you basically have three options: You can train the dog yourself, you can go through a program to get a dog, or you can use a private Service Dog trainer.
- Owner training can be hard at times. Debilitating symptoms can make it very difficult to get the daily training in. Your dog will require consistency and many hours of training.
- Program dogs typically have long wait times. Many program organizations are also unwilling to place dogs in homes with other dogs. Program dogs are cheaper.
- Private trainers may have a wait list unless you catch them at the right time, but the training is 100% customizable. However, it is more expensive.
Consider The Dog
As a general rule, dogs will not be ready to work as Service Dogs until they are at least 16-18 month old. In addition, while any breed of dog can be a Service Dog, not all dogs will be suitable for this type of work. For example, light to heavy mobility and stability dogs need to be a certain size to safely perform certain service tasks. As a result, this limits those types of tasks to larger dogs and appropriate breeds.
Finally, take a look at The Giant List of Service Dog Tasks we train.
Based out of Riverside County, we currently offer local Service Dog Training in the following areas: Riverside County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County and San Diego County. We offer Service Dog board and train and all coaching services nationwide.
Contact Sarah here for scheduling a consultation to discuss how she can help you best.