If you live in the Nanaimo, BC area or nearby on Vancouver Island, you will want to consider our live private sessions and small group sessions (maximum of 2 handlers and 2 dogs).
Learn how to train your own assistance dog through a combination of live one-hour coaching sessions, one-hour Skype or FaceTime sessions and online classes. The online classes provide the structure for you and your dog to work through. The in-person sessions ensure you are applying the training technique correctly and to problem solve issues as they arise. To train your own pup or dog to BC Certification standards may take from one year to 3, depending on many things. How much it costs also depends. Check our General FAQ for more details.
Now Accepting Applications for September 2017!
We specialize in autism dogs for teens and adults and mobility assistance dogs. These are given first preference in our limited enrollment.
Please fill out the registration form if you are applying to work with us in the Nanaimo area. You must be willing and able to travel to Nanaimo at least once a month for in-person training. If you live further away or your health issues prevent you from traveling, then consider doing the online option only. Tell us about you and your dog so we can get to know you better.
What Does the In-Person Process Look Like?
Start at the beginning or jump in wherever you and your dog are.
1. You contact us by email or phone and briefly introduce yourself and your dog (or let us know that you are searching for a dog and what services you need or are looking for) and your goals.
2. Fill out the registration and book an In-person session ($75) or Skype/ Facetime session ($65).
Give us three date and time options and we will try to accommodate you. You can choose any day or evening time period Monday through Sat.
In the session ask your questions. It helps to have written up a list ahead of time. In an hour, we can typically answer 10-12 in-depth questions. Some examples:
-What the BC certification process looks like?
-What does the training process will look like?
-Ask about issues that your dog currently has that concern you.
3. We can evaluate a litter and help you select the pup that would make the best assistance dog candidate.
If you are considering an adult dog, we suggest an assessment to see if the dog might be a good service dog candidate. This could be one you currently own or one that you are thinking about adopting. Travel fees are added for areas outside of Nanaimo City (Qualicum to Chemainus).
4. From there you can purchase live sessions individually or in groups. We meet at either at your home (please let us know if you have cats or other animals) in the Nanaimo area or at another indoor location (for beginning training), then at an outdoor park or business once you and your dog have started training.
We move through the process of:
A. Basic foundation behaviors
B. Intermediate behaviors: proofing and generalizing
C. More advanced behaviors and teaching tasks to mitigate your disability
D. Public access that combines advanced public behaviors and service tasks in public.
You will also need to purchase online classes as we work through them.
The online classes have text, photos and video and you can submit answers to class questions as well as ask questions you need to have answered immediately. You can also read other students questions and our answers. Click here to see the list of classes available.
5. We can do a practice test once you think you and your dog are ready for the BC Guide Dog and Service Dog Assessment test to see if you and your dog are ready to take it together.
How Do I Make Payment?