Service Dog Training

Frequently Ask Questions About Service Dogs:

 What is a Service Dog?

The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If they meet this definition, animals are considered service animals under the ADA regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government.

Who Qualifies for a Service Dog?

Any person who is disabled can qualify for a Service Dog. Including physical and mental disabilities.

How much does it cost to get a Service Dog?

Most raised and trained Service Dogs cost anywhere from $10,000 – $50,000. Sara Gingerich Dog Training makes Service Training affordable so anyone who qualifies can take advantage of training their own dog with Sara.

Can you train your own Service Dog?

Yes. The ADA (American Disabilities Act) states that a dog can be privately trained.Service Dog in-training, Kensi

What is a Service Dog trained to do?

Specific tasks that a Service Dog aids in may vary. Often a Service Dog is trained in stability in order to help give their disabled owner better physical support. They are also often trained to aid in psychological support by comforting an owner with PTSD or other mental health issues.

What kind of training does a Service Dog need to accomplish?

Sara Gingerich Dog Training recommends that a Service Dog accomplish their Canine Good Citizen testing, advanced level of obedience, public obedience, and specific task training to aid their disabled owner.

What type of dog is recommended for Service?

Typically a Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever is most commonly used for Service due to their sweet and non-protective nature, but other breeds are used as well. All dogs are assessed to see if they will be able to perform the important duty of Service.

What is the cost of training a dog for Service with Sara Gingerich Dog Training?

Monthly cost depends on owner location as Sara travels to all of her clients and trains one-on-one. Call for a quote.

How do I find out about starting the process of Service Dog Training?

Contact Sara Gingerich Dog Training at the Contact tab at the top of the page.

What are the steps to assessing Service Dog Training?

  1. A phone interview to get some basic information and find out the owners needs and explain basic info of Service training.
  2. An in person consultation to find out how a Service Dog could help them. 
  3. The chosen dog will be assessed to see if they are a possible candidate for Service.
  4. If the dog shows potential for Service work then training would start. 
  5. Owners would sign a basic business liability form and a Service Dog Agreement and training would begin.
  6. Your Dog MUST be fully vaccinated before starting training. 

There is a great deal of time and work that goes into Service Dog Training, but the rewards and benefits of this amazing Service that a dog can give is priceless. A Service Dog can empower, aid, comfort, and support their owner. Their job is of great importance and of great benefit to their owners. 

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