How to Certify Your Service Dog?
What Will You Need to have Your Dog Certified?
If you are enrolled in one of our training programs, the certification will be given at the completion of the program. If we have never worked with you and your dog, you must first schedule an assessment with one of our trainers. During this assessment, you will need the following:
Proof of disability: a letter from your doctor.
Demonstrate that your dog has been trained to help with your disability. This means your dog should have at least one trained behavior for your disability.
Demonstrate that your dog has the training requirements to pass the Public Access Test as well at the Canine Good Citizen Test. As part of the assessment, you’ll need to demonstrate:
- That your dog stays right by your side and doesn’t pull on the leash in a variety of situations;
- That your dog can sit and lay down in a variety of situations;
- Is overall well behaved, confident and at ease around public settings.
- Comes when called.
- Accepts petting by a stranger and is willing to stay with a stranger.
- Stays under control around other dogs.
- Is healthy and well-groomed.
For more details about the Public Access Test, please watch the video below. All behaviors will need to conform to our standards and must be performed without coercion (choke chains, prong collars or shock collars are not accepted).
What if your dog isn’t ready to be certified?
What if you still need to work on some of the behaviors?
We offer private coaching that will focus on your specific needs. Our certified trainers will teach you all the obedience behaviors that you might need as well as the skills to help with your disability. Previous training experience can be beneficial, but only when your trainer is experienced in positive reinforcement as well as service dog training.
When you are ready, we’ll schedule a time for you to pass our Public Access Test along with the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. The Public Access Test is based on the one that was established by Assistance Dogs International and is a standard test that most service dog organizations use to measure the team’s ability to safely navigate in public settings, without creating disturbance and problems to others.
After the Public Access Test, we will provide you with a picture ID and a signed certificate from our organization. The certificate is valid for a year.
The cost of the certification is $100.