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Available trainers are assigned based on the address provided.
- You have chosen 'Self Training with Guidance'. Legally, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an individual is allowed to train their own Service Dog. We can assist with self- training via coaching using videos, Skype, telephone, and/or email. This option is also offered to those in areas that we do not cover. For a listing of what areas we cover please click here.
Please note that a Service Dog cannot be trained for more than one handler.
Please note that we do not train dogs to stop a child with autism from attempting to leave the house. This request puts the dog at risk and provides a false sense of security.
- Providing the height and weight will assist us in finding a dog that matches the client's mobility needs.
All the listed dogs have been assessed for temperament and trainability. They all know various commands, but are NOT fully-trained Service Dogs. Service Dog training starts when they are paired with a client. In addition, please note the location of the dog as you will need to meet the dog to ensure it is a match. We do not transport dogs.
On scale from 1 to 5, please rate the daily level of activity with which the dog would be involved. Since your Service Dog will be with the handler most of the day, this is to gauge how much activity and exercise the Service Dog will be getting and match the handler with a dog that has a similar lifestyle.
Since you indicate that you are 17 years old or younger we do request a parent's name
Since you indicate that you are 17 years old or younger we do request a parent's email address
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Unfortunately, we cannot take your request at this time. You have chosen not to have your dog spayed or neutered - as of yet. If you do decide to commit to having your dog spayed or neutered in the future, please feel free to fill out this form at that time.
Working an intact dog is difficult, so you really must decide which is ultimately more important, having a dog that is intact, or a dog that can be trained to be a Service Dog.
Adolescent intact males have 10 times the testosterone of adult males, which significantly increases their potential as a target for loose dog attacks. Intact females go into season around twice a year, and during each heat they are 100% useless as public access SDs for at least three weeks. Most will not be reliable even at home. While in season, there is a very real risk of attack by other dogs because of her.
In some cases, the act of breeding ruins a dog for future service work because it changes his perspective on some things. The act of breeding risks the life of the female. Breeding risks the health of both partners because of STDs, and the male is particularly vulnerable to severe damage of his urogenital tracts if the female moves incorrectly during breeding. It is inherently risky.
It also tends to increase the likelihood of behavior problems. It requires significant additional training, not required for spayed or neutered dogs in the proofing department (the most time-consuming part of training a service dog). These behavioral issues in males can lead to the male being more aggressive and perhaps more difficult to control.
Any dog that is not spayed or neutered by the age of 6 months runs the scientifically-proven risk of developing health issues such as cancer, etc., earlier than dogs that are not altered. Some people believe that they would prefer their dogs altered at the age of 2, when their growth plates have primarily formed to prevent hip dysplasia. However, scientific data again supports the idea that this is not necessarily true, as hip dysplasia is often a genetic disorder, and the benefits of altering a dog at a younger age far outweigh the possible growth plate theory. In addition, male dogs who are not neutered will easily lose their focus if around a female dog in heat. Both male and female dogs who have not been altered by the age of 6 months have scientifically been shown to develop more behavioral problems because of hormonal imbalances that develop over time, including hyperactivity and possible aggressive tendencies.
Female dogs cannot act as Service Dog in public while in heat because 1) they bleed, which is unsanitary, and 2) may trail blood, thus attracting nearby male dogs to them thus distracting them from their Service Work. In addition, clients must realize that although this should never happen, if their female Service Dog happens by any chance to “escape”, even briefly, the dog could be impregnated easily and would immediately be disqualified as a Service Dog.
If a client does not want to spay/neuter their dog they want to be their Service Dog, we can recommend another dog.