Requirements of a Potential Service Dog(Note, some requirements only apply to dogs coming for Custom Training)
The dog must be •10 to 24 months old. Older dogs are acceptable however, oplease consider that bad habits are harder to resolve if the dog has been practicing them for a longer timeo a dog’s career as a functioning Service Dog must be weighed against his natural lifespan. •Up to date on rabies, distemper/parvo, bordetella vaccines. Hard copy or e-copy records are required.•Strongly prefer males over 14 months old to be neutered.•We strong prefer that bitches are spayed prior to arriving for Custom Training to avoid an estrus cycle during the training period. An intact bitch that has not yet had an estrus cycle may not come for Custom Training. Bitches in season may not attend a T.E.A.C.H. class.•Tested negative for and on monthly heartworm preventative (provided by owner during the training duration).•On a monthly flea/tick preventative provided by the owner for the training duration. •Cleared of hip dysplasia (by a licensed veterinarian who deems the hips normal). This is a strong reccomendation, not a requirement.•We strongly recommend that your dog has been tested clear of any other high probability heritable conditions for the breed and the dog’s intended use. oFor example, a German Shepherd Dog that will be required to provide mobility support should also have an elbow x-ray because elbow dysplasia is a fairly high risk in the breed, and the dog will need a structurally sound body. •Accostommed to living indoors with humans.•Has been exposed to a variety of real-world experiences and different social settings (negotiating a flight of stairs, riding in a vehicle, etc)•Housebroken. Crate trained.•Recently groomed (if it is a breed which requires professional grooming). If the dog requires professional grooming during its training duration, the owner is required to pay for the service and our travel time and mileage to take the dog to a groomer.•Free of chronic illness like poor GI track / digestion issue, ear infections, skin infections, diabetes, allergies, etc.•Free of severe motion sickness during car travel.•The dog must not have any significant social issues such asofear, panic, strong flight behavioroaggressive behaviors▪intolerance of other dogs▪high prey drive▪strong desire to chase or kill small animals▪resource guarding▪snaps at your hand when you touch certain areas on its body, or when attempting to brush or cut nailsoexcessive shynessoexcessive / incessant barkingo‘protective’ behaviorIf you want your dog to remain on his own food, please provide a sufficient amount for his ten (or longer) week stay.We feed Diamond Natural Lamb and Rice, if you do not bring your own food.Asprofessionaldogtrainerswhohaveyearsofexperiencerehabilitatinganti-socialandaggressivedogs,wearecapableofaddressingtypical anti-socialbehaviorsthatmanypetdogspresent,eventhosethataredestinedforServiceDogwork.However,ifadogthatarrivesforService DogT.E.A.C.H.orCustomTrainingpresentsseriousanti-socialbehavior,therewillbenorefundofthedeposit.CustomTraining:the40%training feedueatdrop-offwillbereturned.Theownerwillbeexpectedtocomeforthedogattheowner’stravelexpense.Iftheownersdoesnot returnforthedogwithinfivedays,afeeof$80/dayboardingwillbeappliedforeachdayafterthefivedaygraceperiod.Ifthedogwasflownin fortraining,allexpenseswillbetheresponsibilityoftheowner,includingtheTrainer’scosttotransportthedogtotheairportandsecureany additional veterinary documentation for the airlines.