Would you like to train your own service dog or assistance dog?
First, make sure your disability is stable. You are not ready to focus on caring for and training a service dog candidate until you are able to take care of yourself.
Second, you have a suitable physical, social and emotional environment for a dog and the ability to provide for a dog's needs.
Third, make sure you have the right dog for the job!
Fourth, earn or raise the funds needed to care for your dog and train her to a professional level.
Fifth, create a support team to help you.
Sixth, once you are ready, online classes and web cam sessions help you maintain the regular training structure you and your dog need to succeed. High speed internet is needed.
Let our classes guide you through the process and support you through building your service dog team through private weekly webcam sessions and text-based online classes!
We help service teams globally!
Learn to train like a professional. Build your relationship as you train.
Classes provide expert instruction on training all stages of life, from puppy socialization to foundation behaviors, proofing, generalizing and teaching service dog tasks. They are designed in the form of games so you can easily follow them step by step and check off each game as you complete them. Receipts are issued as proof of registration for your training journal. We do not certify teams.
Each class takes about 4 weeks to complete. Registration is open the first wed to the second wed of each month. You can access the material as soon as you register. You choose which courses you need to take.
We offer three options:
1. Online "Self-Study" courses where you follow along the text, photos, diagrams and videos on your own at you and your dog's pace.
2. Weekly web cam sessions are available to purchase with classes. These sessions keep you motivated to train, teach you good training technique, answer questions you have, problem solve, give you a chance to get feedback on training videos etc.
3. Check out our Fast Track Program! This provides daily help for weekly periods!
We can help you teach the foundation skills needed for any type of service dog: mobility dogs, hearing alert dogs, seizure response dogs, autism dog, medical alert dogs, diabetic alert dog, Alzheimer's alert dog, Veteran service dog, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) dog etc.
Have a look at the navigation bar above for tons of FREE information to get you started!
Note: In the US, certification of service dogs is not necessary under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but proof of training may be helpful down the road so keep records. In BC, AB, and Nova Scotia, Canada, certification for public access makes life much easier and is done by the province. Learn the laws of your country regarding training requirements. Assistance Dogs International (ADI) sets the minimum that most countries and provinces use as their basis. You will receive a receipt for each SDTI class that you can use to document training participation. The receipts do not entitle any legal right for public access or certification in regions where dogs are required to be certified. Keep a training journal to document training. Check the FAQ for links.
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***We promote use of positive food-based training methods endorsed by the BCSPCA***