The Process

You have a dog that you think will be suitable as your service dog.
You choose the courses you need to take.
You can take one or several classes over any period of time. 
Registration occurs once a month on the first Wednesday of each month.
Class materials are posted in online classrooms.  There is text, photos, and step-by-step videos.  Checklists of all steps help keep it easy to keep you on track.

You train with your dog through the materials at home or away from home. You can ask questions under each lecture and game.  All students can participate in the discussion.

To get the most out of classes, journaling and videotaping is recommended for all students.

For the private Skype sessions, you video record your progress and submit it to the instructor for personal feedback.
You try the suggestions made by the instructor and come back and report how it is going. 
Videos can be used for general training, problem solving, to document your progress as a team etc. Skype sessions can be purchased at anytime for any class or combination of classes.

For Skype or Facetime sessions, you need a digital camera that takes video, a tripod to set it up on, or a cell phone with mini tripod or selfie stick, desktop or laptop with a webcam and high speed internet connection.
You need a Youtube.com or Vimeo.com account to post videos to share with the instructor.

Most classes use materials that are easily found at home, cheap to purchase or can be borrowed. (Plant pots, ice cream lids and buckets, rubber hoses, etc.)

Some classes will need helpers and/or their dogs as distractions or the student to go into more distracting environments like parks and retail stores etc. 

 

It is Expected that Each Student: 

  • work with their dog an average of at least 5 hours per week, during class: indoors and out, on field trips and at events (this varies from short 5 minute training sessions two or three times a day to 2 hour long public access training outings.) This does not include the dog's active exercise time.
  • keep a training journal or log
  • use training approaches as taught in class 
  • will not use corrective devices on their dogs (this works against what we are teaching you and your dog). E-collars, prong collars, choke chains, slip collars and no-pull harnesses that tighten are considered corrective devices.

 

SDTI DOES NOT certify service dogs. 
We help you train the dog to public access standards. With a dedicated handler, owner-trained dogs can meet or exceed Public Access requirements for ADI and those produced by service dog schools. If you choose to be tested for certification by authorized organizations after training through our program, that is up to you. For those whose local laws require certification, ensure that you have contacted the organization who will test your dog for certification to before you start the process so you know what they require. This will prevent disappointment. 

 

 

  

Since SDTI has no control over the dog you choose as a service dog, it is your obligation for the handler to ensure that the dog is a suitable service dog candidate. 

Please check our FREE sample class "Choose Your Own Service Dog" link