•Review the information on this page to ascertain that a Committed Canine Service Dog meets your needs•Call or Email us with any specificquestions that are not answered on the website•Submit the application & fee•We reply via email to confirm we have received the application and to ask any questions we may need based on the information you provided.•We arrange a time to speak on the phone to discuss further, and finalize details.•We seek an appropriate (young adult) dog customized for your specific needs.•We locate the dog and arrange to get it to our facility.•We custom train your dog.•You come for Handler Training for 3-5 days and graduate with your Service Dog.
Costs (example for a minimum training duration of 12 weeks)
$50 Application fee - due when you submit the application $2250 Dog fee*$6000 Training fee for 12 weeks of training ($4800 for veterans)$8300$7050 for veteransThe training fee is $500/week ($400/week for veterans).The training duration is dependent upon the complexity of task list (as in how challenging are the behaviors required to mitigate your disability)The minimum training duration is 12 weeks, and is the typical training time for a psychiatric Service DogIf your dog is here waiting for its formal training spot to begin, we charge a $7/day boarding fee.*Dog fee includes•the search to identify a suitable dog•the cost to acquire the dog•transportation cost to get the dog to our facility•veterinary care (spay/neuter, up to date on vaccines, paracite and flea/tick preventatives, hip x-ray, heartworm test)•microchipWe seek a young adult dog (10-18 months old) that is suitable for your specific needs. This reduces the turn-around time and cost because we do not need to raise a puppy, we can get a better assessment of the dog’s adult temperament, we can do some health screens that we could not do in a puppy. * There is no dog fee if a suitable dog is provided by the client. If the dog requires any veterinary or other special care while in training, the owner will be responsible for those costs. Read about the requirements for an owner-provided dog below.Training fee includes•Daily care of the dog (meals, exercise, housing etc…)•Professional, daily custom training•Handler’s training courseo21+ hours of high quality instructionoInstructional materials like books, presentations, training suppliesoTraining supplies•Lifetime-of-the-dog, free support via enrollment in scheduled courses, phone, email or in person interaction•Certificate showing proof of your dog’s training and your instruction•Public Access Test•Free Public Access Test recertification (recommended every 2 years)•Service Dog Vest with our company logo•Service Dog photo ID•Collar, leash
Turn a Diagnosis into a TaskWe often receive calls from people who tell us their medical diagnosis and then ask whether a Service Dog can help them. A diagnosis cannot tell us whether a dog can help you. We are not doctors and so we may not know what it means to have your condition. Prior to contacting us, please think with great clarity regarding what behaviors you would want a dog to perform that would mitigate your disability in some way. Only then can we meet in the middle between the “Dog Trainer” and the “Client” in order to assess whether using a trained dog is the best way for you to gain some relief from your disability. An example behavior might be, “I would like the dog to stand still to brace me when I get out of a chair”, or “I need the dog to help me open doors or alert me that an alarm is ringing.” Another example might be, “I would like my dog to lay across my lap when I begin to become anxious or hyper-vigilant.”The fringe benefits of emotional support, companionship or even the extra ears and eyes that a companion dog can offer will always be available to you and may often seem to be the greatest advantage on any given day with your Service Dog. However, it is not a trained task and cannot be the sole defining attribute of a Service Dog. We must teach a Service Dog tasks that mitigate your specific disability to meet the ADA’s definition of a trained Service Dog.
How Long Does It Take?You can expect to have a 2-6 month delay before a formal training spot opens for your dog. Then, there is the actual training duration of 12 - 20 weeks. Therefore, expect a 5 - 12 month time from when you submit your deposit to the time you come for your Handler Training and receive your new Service Dog.If we identify the right dog for you, but we do not have a formal training spot available, we can acquire the dog and board it here until it’s first day of formal training. We charge a $7/day fee for that service.
Additional Information•The dog’s owner is required to attend a handler-education-session in Brownstown, IL and take a Public Access Test. The duration of that training is most often three days, but can be longer if necessary. The fee of the instruction and test is included in the training cost. •The costs for travel, meals and motel are the owner’s responsibility. There are many reasonably priced motels, fast food restaurants and family dining options in Vandalia, IL which is about 15 minutes from the training facility. See Location Page.•Email, telephone and in-person / on site (Brownstown, IL) support is provided free of charge for the duration of the dog’s life. If we must travel to offer assistance, the cost of that travel is the responsibility of the owner.•Any Committed Canine Custom Trained Service Dog is welcome to attend any future T.E.A.C.H.Phase One or Phase Two for brush-up training for the duration of the dog’s life, free of charge (restricted to classes with available openings) or handler training classes for fully trained dogs. •We typically do not have more than three dogs for Service Dog training at a time, in order to offer it an in-home experience during it’s education. •Early scheduling is recommended. •A non-refundable 10% of the training fee is due when the training time is scheduled.
Owner provided DogWe accept an owner’s dog for training. Prior to receiving a dog for training, we require that it is:•10 to 24 months old. •Up to date on rabies, distemper/parvo, bordetella vaccines.•Neutered (if over 14 months of age), bitches must be spayed prior to training to avoid an estrus cycle during the custom training. Plan accordingly.•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.• Has been cleared of hip dysplasia (x-rayed by a licensed veterinarian who deems the hips normal).•Accostommed to living indoors with humans and has been exposed to a variety of real-world experiences and different social settings.•Housebroken.•Recently groomed (if it is a breed which requires professional grooming).We strong 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.•The dog must not have any significant social issues such as fear or dominant aggressive behaviors, excessive shyness, high prey drive, or a strong desire to chase or kill small animals. There is no refund and the dog will be sent home.If you bring us a dog that meets all of the above requirements, your costs will be exclusively for the dog’s training ($500/week or $400/week for veterans). If any of the requirements have not been met prior to receiving a dog, the costs associated with the procedures are the responsibility of the owner.