Service Dog Training
Service Dog Training Foundation skills:
- Choosing the best breed and dog breeder for your service dog needs
- Choosing the right puppy for service dog training
- Preventing fear and aggression, the most common reasons a dog cannot be used as a service animal
Common Service Dog Training Tasks:
- Retrieving medication or medical supplies
- Reminding you to take your medication
- Alerting to a medical problem (low blood sugar, low blood pressure, fungus, etc.)
- Locating your vehicle in a parking lot
- Leading you to a chair
- Blocking you from being crowded by others in busy public locations
- Specific tasks to help mitigate your illness
We recommend One on one Dog Training for the most effective Service Dog Training:
Service dogs need specialized training that can’t be achieved in a group class or board and train program. Buying a completely trained service dog is expensive and not always effective. We can guide you through the process of selecting, training and utilizing your dog for this important and helpful work.
We customize our sessions to meet your dog’s training needs and assist with your needs.
We train where the dog needs to perform the behaviors. We practice in public once the dog has the skills necessary for public access work.
Your time is valuable. You need to be able to use your service animal to help you with your disability as soon as possible. Our training programs get results quickly and use your time efficiently.
We schedule our sessions around your busy calendar!
Service dog training includes several phases of training:
- Dog or Puppy Selection: Helping you choose a breeder and dog or puppy that was bred specifically for a stable temperament for service dog work
- Basic Manners: Sit, down, stay, come, walk nicely on leash, attention
- Manners in public: Taking the basic manners on the road and practicing them in parks and in public
- Service dog tasks: Teach the specific tasks your dog needs to learn to do to mitigate your specific disability
- Certifications and Team Public Access: Your dog successfully passes the Therapy dog team test. Your dog finishes public access (access to stores that serve food) training and can now be taken to restaurants and the grocery store
Complete service dog training costs between $4,000 and $10,000. Training and payment is done in phases.
Types of Service Dogs
There are several types of service or assistance dogs.
Seizure or Fainting Response Service Dogs
These dogs are trained to help alert someone that help is needed. They provide balance to help the person recover.
Guide dogs help those who are visually impaired.
Mobility Assistance Dogs
These dogs are trained to work with people who use wheelchairs or have balance issues and the dogs provide balance support. The dogs also assist with dropped items, open doors or turn on/off lights.
Psychiatric Service Dogs
These dogs help people with anxiety and deep pressure therapy. They can alert to and provide support during panic attacks and they can help with sleep issues.
Service Dog versus Therapy Dog
Let's get started teaching your dog the skills necessary for this helpful work!
Whether we need to start with basic manners or your dog has the basics and is ready to jump into training for the service dog tasks, we can help.
Charlotte Service Dog Training
- South Charlotte, NC
- Steele Creek, Charlotte
- Lake Wylie, SC
- Fort Mill, SC
- Rock Hill, SC
- Tega Cay, SC
- Indian Land, SC
- Ballantyne, NC
- Pineville, NC
- Parts of Clover and York