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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, o please consider that bad habits are harder to resolve if the dog has been practicing them for a longer time o  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 records are required. Strongly prefer males  over 14 months old to be neutered. Bitches must be spayed prior to arriving for Custom Training to avoid an estrus cycle during the training period.   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. o For  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). 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  as o fear, panic, strong flight behavior o aggressive 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 nails o excessive shyness o excessive / incessant barking o ‘protective’ behavior If you want your dog to remain on his own food, please provide a sufficient amount for his ten week stay. We feed Diamond Natural Lamb and Rice, if you do not bring your own food. As   professional   dog   trainers   who   have   years   of   experience   rehabilitating   anti-social   and   aggressive   dogs,   we   are   capable   of   addressing   typical anti-social   behaviors   that   many   pet   dogs   present,   even   those   that   are   destined   for   Service   Dog   work.      However,   if   a   dog   that   arrives   for   Service Dog   Custom   Training   presents   serious   anti-social   behavior,   there   will   be   no   refund   of   the   10%   deposit   (the   40%   training   fee   due   at   drop-off   will be   returned).      The   owner   will   be   expected   to   come   for   the   dog   at   the   owner’s   travel   expense.      If   the   owners   does   not   return   for   the   dog   within five   days,   a   fee   of   $45/day   boarding   will   be   applied   for   each   day   after   the   five   day   grace   period.         If   the   dog   was   flown   in   for   training,   all   expenses will   be   the   responsibility   of   the   owner,   including   the   Trainer’s   cost   to   transport   the   dog   to   the   airport   and   secure   any   additional   veterinary documentation for the airlines.