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Service Dog Training

Veterans returning home may qualify for Service Dogs.  A dog can be a great addition to someone who has trouble in social situations, with stress, or having difficulty sleeping at night.  We offer training for existing dogs when qualified or we can help you select the right puppy and offer you training as he grows up to become a Service Dog.  If however, you are looking for a dog who is already trained and ready to go we would suggest calling CCI (Canine Companions For Independence) and ask to be put on their waiting list.  This is best for persons who have limited ability to be directly involved in the dogs training.
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Vinny with “Taco” his seizure alert dog.

At K-9 Companions Dog Training, we strive to be a full service company as we offer training for clients with disabilities, such as the hearing impaired or wheelchair bound. Dogs can be taught many various behaviors, depending on the client’s needs. Examples of behaviors taught are:

  • Opening doors, drawers, and refrigerators
  • Retrieving specific objects (DVD’s, keys, remotes, etc.)
  • Retrieving dropped articles
  • Getting help
  • Pulling on command
  • Turning on or off lights
  • Barking to alert toward danger, doorbell, or telephone
  • Stopping at certain objects
  • Finding doors or (In/Out)
  • Finding scents
  • Walking slow to lead
  • Carrying objects

Basic obedience is a prerequisite for any service dog training. Client dogs may be used if they qualify.

At K-9 Companions our Service Dog Training Program is different than most in that we involve the client in the actual training of their dog. In the case that the owner is not physically capable of being involved in the training, the owner must provide an assistant that will be involved in the day to day training and care of the dog. Most NPO’s (Non-Profit Organizations) that provide already trained service animals have long waiting lists. In addition, some people already have a dog that they desire to train rather than adding a new dog to the family. While all dogs are not suitable for the work some are. We can also assist the client with the purchased, donated, or rescued dog who is capable of doing the work.

K-9 Companions is not an NPO. We are a For Profit business and are not in any way in competition with NPOs. We simply offer a service to people that feel they are not a good fit for an NPO either because of the waiting period or because of the desire to train their own dog and to be involved in the process. In fact, in many cases we refer people who aren’t a good fit with us to NPOs Likewise, some NPOs refer people to us when they are not a good fit for them. We offer a cost effective alternative.

The process of training takes about 18 months when starting with a young dog or puppy. The dog must accomplish on and off leash obedience training, CGC (Canine Good Citizen, Public Access Training, and Service Dog Training which will vary depending on the disability. Costs of training vary from $3000.00 to $4500.00 and does not include equipment, purchase price of dog (if applicable), or veterinary care.

 

SERVICE DOG TRAINING CRITERIA

1. We require a letter from a licensed physician or psychiatrist prior to training a Service Dog. Please do not inquire about training a Service Dog if you simply want to be able to take your pet dog into places that otherwise would not allow him. This is an ABSOLUTE requirement.

2. The applicant must have the proper dog to do the work. The dog must not be overly fearful or aggressive to humans or other dogs. If the applicant’s dog does not pass the temperament test a new dog will be a requirement. At this point the applicant may choose to either go with an NPO for the purchase of an already trained dog or choose to continue with a donated, rescued, or purchased dog at his/her discretion.

3. The dog must pass a CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test. This test is available at the facility but must be conducted with the owner of the dog as the handler.

4. The dog must prove to be good in public. It must not be aggressive to dogs or humans, must stay by the owners side without being a nuisance, and must follow commands without need of forceful correction. The dog should be able
to navigate through crowds of people, in and out of doorways, and calmly lay down next to or under a table as appropriate.

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Autism Service Dog “Lucky” Johnston with his owner Kesley Johnston and her son Charlie.

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