According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990) a dog is considered a “Service Dog” if it has been “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.” These dogs are more than just pets; they are companions, and often life-lines. A Service Dog will provide safety, confidence, independence, and companionship to their owner.
At On the Spot Dog Training, our Service Dog Training Programs (SDTP) primarily focus on assisting clients with such disabilities as: PTSD, Anxiety, and Mobility issues.
SDTP is handled on an individual bases and centered on the client’s needs. First we meet with client and discuss the options for a service dog. All dogs are evaluated before being accepted into the program. When evaluating a dog, we look for certain traits and qualities that would make for a good service animal. Not all dogs are suitable for this work and therefore not all are accepted into the service dog program.
Potential service dog clients must fully understand that having a service animal is a lifetime comment that requires ongoing training even after certification. The Service Dog Training Program requires a commitment of a minimum of 18 months to 2 years of training including an additional, documented 80 hours of training before the dog is eligible to take the public access test. Other tests are also given along the way to gage how the team is progressing and what areas need to be worked on. After completion of the program, the handler and dog must return every 2 years to recertify.
Our Service Dog Training Program consists of both group classes and one-on-one coaching sessions. In essence, we are teaching you how to train your dog. On a weekly bases, we are in contact with the client through either group classes or one-on-one coaching sessions. The client needs to have transportation and be physically able to attend sessions and perform training with his/her dog.
The primary Service Dog Program package includes 4 pre-selected group classes, 4 tests including the public access test, 60 one-on-one coaching sessions, select supplies, follow up and recertification test every 2 years. Starting price is $5200 for clients in the On the Spot Dog Training service area. Some clients outside the service area are considered at an additional fee. Payment plans are available with a minimum $500 deposit up front.
If you already own a dog that you would like to train as your service dog, contact us to schedule a service dog evaluation. Cost is $70.
Don’t have a dog yet but would like our assistance in finding a dog for you to train? We will work with local shelters to help locate a dog with the correct temperament and character. Contact us to get started.