Estimated Costs Associated with Raising & Training A Service Dog
What? Over $22,000? No Way!
People often gasp when they hear Service Dog training organizations quoting extremely
high prices for the cost of a trained Service Dog. Numbers like $20,000 - $30,000 are often
tossed out freely. How, you might ask, can it cost so much to train a dog?
The table above offers a break down of the the following expenses:
Acquisition of an 8 week old puppy from a reputable breeder that comes with
verifiable health screen data on the parents or the pup
Puppy raising from 8 weeks to 8 months including beginning training and
Training the dog for high standard Service Dog work for 6 months to 14 months.
Instruction for the new handler.
Note that the above table only accounts for six months of training (for the dog from 8
months old to 14 months old). Some organizations require that the dog is in training for a
full year. Using the same figures for specific expenses, that would add almost $10,000 more to the bottom line. Organizations
that might send trainers into your home (to support the training for young children, for example) would add to the total expense,
At Committed Canine, Inc. we want you to be educated on the little details, so that you can choose to offset some of the costs of
your future Service Dog where ever possible, if you wish. For example, if you raise your own puppy or bring us a suitable 8-14
month old dog for training, we only charge for our instruction (T.E.A.C.H. program) or our training costs (Professionally Trained
SD option). That can significantly reduce the cost of your Service Dog.
To reduce the overall cost of acquiring a Service Dog, one can:
1. Replace professional puppy rearing with owner or volunteer rearing
2. Replace professional dog training with owner training under professional guidance (T.E.A.C.H.)
3. Seek a donated dog, or one of lower acquisition price.
BUT, do not skimp on the quality of the dog, the instruction, or the follow-up assistance you purchase.