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We offer 35 years of dog training experience. Our clients are directly involved to help them understand and learn handling skills once they receive their trained dog. Training programs come with training aids and support for that dog's lifetime. All services are free of charge to our military members and first responders.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to teach Off Leash dog training?
Our Off Leash Program is 6 weeks long. This allows the dog to settle in and get to know us before we start formal training. It takes a human 21 days to form a habit. It takes a dog 6 weeks. With consistancy and routine we can give you the best possible outcome for training a habit. From there it's up to you to keep up with the good habits!
Do I qualify for Off Leash dog Training?
Yes, if you have a dog and are Active Duty, Veteran and First Responder.
What is taught in Off Leash training?
Off leash training consists of the basic commands that turn into good habits around the house and during walks. We do not teach tricks, but good manors are a plus! See our Off Leash training here for exact commands.
How does Puppy Foundation Training differ from Off Leash Training?
Puppy Foundation's purpose is to give your dog the best start possible. Puppies absorb EVERYTHING, and are naturally food driven. We use this natural instinct and consistant routine to form good habits early. Introducing the puppies to impulse control and all the basic commands early on with positive reinforcement will only help your formal training later on in life.
Service Task Training
Does the ADA require that service animals be certified as service animals?
What do I need to do to start the process?
To start, simply apply here. We will review applicants and take on as many as we can on a first come first serve basis as funds are available.
What defines a dog as a service dog?
Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person's disability.
How long does it take to train a service dog?
A service dog can take anywhere from 4 to 6 months of training time. This training involves you working with the dog as well as us training you to be a handlers. We want to stress that service dogs are not a quick fix for problems and they do take time and work to get them started. The benifits of getting out with your dog is what makes the program successful as well. If you want to get better, you have to commit and do what it takes. We are here to help you do just that!
How does your organization keep training costs down?
It takes 4 to 6 months to train a hunting dog to get a duck... We believe its the same with service dogs. Not every dog will qualify, but if you have the right dog that wants to work and please you the time of training for service tasks are the same! Most organizations raise them from puppies, have many foster homes, and go through a number of trainers. We train your dog who already has a natural bond with you to do what you need. Because of this, we can keep costs to a minimum.
I have a friend/family member who would qualify for your program and is looking for a service dog. How would he go about getting information from you about acquiring a service dog?
We do not have dogs available on site ready to go. Our organization trains the person's dog to do what is needed. With that said, if the person in need does not have a dog... we do have people who would donate a dog to us if the right person came around. But the matching process is in depth and lengthy, and we would need to make sure the person is commited to keeping the dog forever. You can start by filling out the application here.
Will I be required to be a part of the dog's training?
Absolutely! Once the dog is obedience trained, we start with training you! You will need a handlers course to know how to keep up with good habits. And you will be required to go out in public as well once that time comes. We do the hard work teaching the dog, but then later in the service task training alot of it will be with you.
Once I apply, how long will it take to be approved?
Once you submit your application the board will need to vote for approval. All applicants will be reviewed on a month by month basis. So expect about 4 weeks before we can get back with you and let you know if you have been approved for any of our services. For boarding applicants make sure you plan your vacation ahead of time!
What does "do work or perform tasks" mean?
The dog must be trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability. For example, a person with diabetes may have a dog that is trained to alert him when his blood sugar reaches high or low levels. A person with depression may have a dog that is trained to remind her to take her medication. Or, a person who has epilepsy may have a dog that is trained to detect the onset of a seizure and then help the person remain safe during the seizure.
Are emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals considered service animals under the ADA?
No. These terms are used to describe animals that provide comfort just by being with a person. Because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. However, some State or local governments have laws that allow people to take emotional support animals into public places. You may check with your State and local government agencies to find out about these laws.
What questions can a covered entity's employees ask to determine if a dog is a service animal?
In situations where it is not obvious that the dog is a service animal, staff may ask only two specific questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform? Staff are not allowed to request any documentation for the dog, require that the dog demonstrate its task, or inquire about the nature of the person's disability.
My city requires me to register my dog as a service animal. Is this legal under the ADA?
No. Mandatory registration of service animals is not permissible under the ADA. However, as stated above, service animals are subject to the same licensing and vaccination rules that are applied to all dogs.
Can service animals be any breed of dog?
Yes. The ADA does not restrict the type of dog breeds that can be service animals.
What does under control mean? Do service animals have to be on a leash? Do they have to be quiet and not bark?
The ADA requires that service animals be under the control of the handler at all times. In most instances, the handler will be the individual with a disability or a third party who accompanies the individual with a disability. In the school (K-12) context and in similar settings, the school or similar entity may need to provide some assistance to enable a particular student to handle his or her service animal. The service animal must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered while in public places unless these devices interfere with the service animal's work or the person's disability prevents use of these devices. In that case, the person must use voice, signal, or other effective means to maintain control of the animal. For example, a person who uses a wheelchair may use a long, retractable leash to allow her service animal to pick up or retrieve items. She may not allow the dog to wander away from her and must maintain control of the dog, even if it is retrieving an item at a distance from her. Or, a returning veteran who has PTSD and has great difficulty entering unfamiliar spaces may have a dog that is trained to enter a space, check to see that no threats are there, and come back and signal that it is safe to enter. The dog must be off leash to do its job, but may be leashed at other times. Under control also means that a service animal should not be allowed to bark repeatedly in a lecture hall, theater, library, or other quiet place. However, if a dog barks just once, or barks because someone has provoked it, this would not mean that the dog is out of control.
How do I reserve my spot for boarding?
Simply apply HERE. Be sure to allow 4 weeks for us to get back with you.
Do I qualify to have my dog boarded with your organization?
If you are a Veteran of any Military Branch, Active Duty serviceman, or a First Responder you do qualify!!
How long does it take for me to be approved for boarding my dog?
Our board members review all applications on a monthly basis in our montly meetings. From there we will be getting back with you to let you know the status of your application and what follows.