What to Expect

Required for Training with Arfordable Dog Training

  • Temperament Evaluation of the Dog
  • Proof of Vaccinations and Health Records
    • Must be spayed or neutered.
    • Must be microchipped.
  • A Doctor’s Note
  • Canine Good Citizen Certificate
    • Dog may have certificate, in the process of getting the certificate, or can schedule training with the trainer.
  • Supply their own identification Properly Fitted Service Dog Vest, 2 “Service Dog Patches”, and 2 “Service Dog In Training Patches”*

*Optional but recommended: The ADA does not require service animals to wear a vest, ID tag, or specific harness.

Service Dog Selection – Rescues and Animal Shelters
Interested in adopting and saving a life? This service offers a 90-minute Adoption Behavioral Consultation at a local shelter to assist with selecting a dog and understanding how to get them acclimated to your home. This service continues with the Service Dog training and will assist with building your relationship with your new furry family member and to help during the adjustment period. Pricing: $75.00 per Adoption Behavioral Consultation

Temperament Evaluation of the Potential Service Dog
The dogs are assessed based on guidelines established by related experts in the service dog training field.

What to Expect
The free consultation will be conducted at your home and will go over the training plan for the service dog team along with policies and training tools. At this time, additional questions and training topics may be addressed.

If you would like to work with your own dog, the trainer will conduct or schedule a time to evaluate and determine if the dog is well-suited for service work. If you do not already have a dog, the trainer will discuss your needs and options available, including the Adoption Behavioral Consultation service. The goal of the evaluation is to:

  • Understand the dog’s temperament
  • Determine the dog’s current training level
  • Measure how comfortable (s)he is in the human world

Note: Not every dog is destined to be a service dog. Depending on the sociability and temperament of your dog, it will determine how difficult the training will be and if the dog can handle such an important job.

Temperament, training, socialization, and desensitization are essential in a successful service dog. Arfordable Dog Training cannot make any guarantee regarding the outcome of any training/counseling program. The owner assumes full responsibility for the dog’s behavior during and after the training/counseling program. It is vital to work with the dog between training sessions. The expectation is daily training on the homework provided by the trainer to ensure consistency.

Basic Obedience
Subject to change, depending on the dog’s current training level. The training will go over skills such as:

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Sit-for-Greetings**
  • Watch-Me
  • Sit-Stay
  • Down- Stay
  • Leave-it
  • Off
  • Heel
  • Urinating and defecating only on command
  • Off Duty

Each of these will be taught with verbal and hand signals as commands/cues.

**The goal is to teach the dog not to greet other people but to greet appropriately, when allowed. Service dogs must be focused only on the handler.

Intermediate Obedience
Build on the already solid foundation of basic obedience by incorporating distractions, longer distances, and new environments. During this level, the dog must be socialized to different sights, sounds, people, animals, etc. The focus will be on desensitization, impulse control behaviors, and will challenge your dog in a distraction-driven environment.

AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program
Canine Good Citizen is a program that promotes responsible dog ownership and basic good manners for any dog.

  • Canine Good Citizen Test Items
  • Accepting a Friendly Stranger
  • Sitting Politely for Petting
  • Appearance and Grooming
  • Out for a Walk (Walking on a loose leash.)
  • Walking Through a Crowds
  • Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place
  • Coming When Called
  • Reaction to Another Dog
  • Reaction to Distraction
  • Supervised Separation

Service Dog Training
Mobility Service Dogs will focus on tasks such retrieving dropped items, turning lights on and off, carrying items in a dog backpack, getting help if someone falls, helping people get up from seated positions or into seated positions (depending on dog’s size), opening and shutting doors, etc.

** May be referred to a more specialized trainer, if applicable.

Public Access Test (PAT)
Training Log will be provided.

The dog must respond to handler’s first command 90% of the time, regardless of the environment. Through desensitization, the dog will learn to ignore all distractions and focus on the handler or tasks.

IAADP Minimum Training Standards for Public Access

  • Amount of Schooling: an assistance dog should be given a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) hours of schooling over a period of Six Months or more.
  • At least thirty (30) hours should be devoted to outings that will prepare the dog to work obediently and unobtrusively in public places.

Upon the successful completion of the Public Access Test (PAT), a letter of good character stating the dog is well-trained and approved through Arfordable Dog Training based on the Assistance Dog International standards.