Training your own service dog or assistance dog is a challenge for anyone, never mind a person with disabilities. You need to know what you are getting into before you commit to the process. 

Below is some basic information about service dogs to consider before you decide. 

 

Requirements for a dog to be recognized as a Service Dog 

by the International Association for Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP):

Dog must have a MINIMUM of 120 hours over a 6 month period or more (professionally trainers dogs take an average of 18 months or 540 hours, more if the dogs require specialty training)  
AT LEAST 30 of those hours must be in public places

More information:
http://www.iaadp.org/iaadp-minimum-training-standards-for-public-access.html

The Assistance Dog International (ADI) recommends a minimum of 3 tasks specially trained to mitigate disabilities.

http://www.assistancedogsinternational.org

D
epending what country, state and province you live in, the laws vary for access of trained service dogs and service dogs-in-training. 

The average working life of a program trained service dog is 5 to 7 years.