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FAQs (Commonly Asked Questions)

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This page contains answers to commonly asked questions that many people who are considering adopting or training a service dog ask. 

How much does it cost to train my own service dog through your program?

This depends on the level of support you need - do you need a lesson every other week or once a month? It also depends on your dog's needs: what is the level of difficulty of the tasks I need trained? How young is my dog? (Younger dogs (puppies) tend to need more support than an adult or older adolescent dog.) The number of lessons or type of service you need will also depend on your abilities and your dog's abilities - is your dog more distractable? 

Our private lessons are $140/hr if we travel to you or $125/hr if you come to us. Group classes are $210 for a total of 6 class sessions and our day.school program is $350 per week if you come to us. 

Given these factors, you may spend between $1,500 to $7,000 for one to two years of lessons, group classes, and/or day-school before your dog is ready to graduate into a service dog. 

How much time should I expect to spend on training my service dog candidate in order to make progress? 

You can expect to spend 30 minutes to one hour per day on intentional training. Your service dog coach will recommend how much time and what type of training you should do to meet each of your goals. This training time might be broken up into home manners, out-door training, public access training, and task training. 

By the end of the program, you can expect to have spent between 120 hours to 700 hours on training depending on your and your dog's individual needs. 

How much does it cost to purchase a fully trained service dog? 

A fully trained service dog is $12,000 

How much time should I expect to spend on training my service dog candidate in order to make progress? 

You can expect to spend 30 minutes to one hour per day on intentional training. Your service dog coach will recommend how much time and what type of training you should do to meet each of your goals. This training time might be broken up into home manners, out-door training, public access training, and task training. 

By the end of the program, you can expect to have spent between 120 hours to 700 hours on training depending on your and your dog's individual needs. 

How much time should I expect to spend on training my service dog candidate in order to make progress? 

You can expect to spend 30 minutes to one hour per day on intentional training. Your service dog coach will recommend how much time and what type of training you should do to meet each of your goals. This training time might be broken up into home manners, out-door training, public access training, and task training. 

By the end of the program, you can expect to have spent between 120 hours to 700 hours on training depending on your and your dog's individual needs. 

What does it mean to adopt a fully trained service dog through your program?

Our service dogs will have passed their AKC Virtual Home Manners, Canine Good Citizen (CGC), AKC Urban CGC, and AKC Advanced CGC public access tests. They will have taken multiple group dog classes and have trained in a home environment as well as in multiple public access environments. They will have been exposed to multiple different types of people, animals, and environments including bus rides, amusement parks, and zoos. In addition, they will have been taught specific tasks to mitigate your disability. This training will have taken an average of 1.5 years. 

When adopting a fully-trained service dog, you will be required to attend an average of 30 hours of handler training. You will learn how to bond with your dog, how to give commands, and how to navigate safely in multiple different enviornments. 

What is your wait-list for a fully-trained service dog? 

Due to a high demand and need of service dogs in our community and due to the time it takes to train a service dog (1-2 years), our wait list is currently 5 years. 

How much time should I expect to spend on training my service dog candidate in order to make progress? 

You can expect to spend 30 minutes to one hour per day on intentional training. Your service dog coach will recommend how much time and what type of training you should do to meet each of your goals. This training time might be broken up into home manners, out-door training, public access training, and task training. 

By the end of the program, you can expect to have spent between 120 hours to 700 hours on training depending on your and your dog's individual needs. 

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