The videos we need to assess your dog

Does your dog have the temperament to be your service dog?

Before beginning training, we need to assess your dog’s temperament to ensure he/she has the temperament qualities that we look for in service dogs.  We are only looking at temperament, not training or obedience.

We will need videos of your dog in all of the following situations.  Please either have a second person take the video or use a tripod or other object to prop your phone/camera up.  We need to see the dog’s entire body and the surrounding environment to properly gauge his/her response to the situation.  Here is an example of a video taken with the camera propped up on an object.

Neighborhood Walk

We want to see your dog’s response to walking in a neighborhood.  This will allow us to see how your dog deals with various distractions and stimuli.  We will need a 1-minute video of a typical leash walk through a neighborhood.

Traffic Noise

We want to see how your dog responds to a busy or noisy environment.  To simulate this, we need a 1-minute video of walking near a busy road with traffic.  This could be on the sidewalk next to the road or in an area nearby.

Response to a Loud Noise

We want to see your dog’s reaction and recovery to a loud or startling noise.  We will need a video of your dog while a loud noise occurs.  Examples of loud noises that you can recreate are dropping a metal bowl on the concrete, slamming a car door, honking a horn, etc.

Response to Seeing an Unknown Person

We want to see how your dog reacts to an unknown person.  We will need video of your dog walking past or interacting with someone they do not know.

Response to an Unknown Dog

We want to see how your dog reacts to an unknown dog.  We will need video of your dog walking past or interacting with a dog that they have not met previously.

Food Motivation

We would like to see that your dog is comfortable enough to eat treats in a new environment.  Please send video of your dog eating treats in a new or distracting environment.

Once you have all of these videos, you can submit them by:

After we have received the videos, we will contact you to set up a time to talk over Zoom.  During the Zoom meeting, we will discuss your disability, training needs and expectations, your dog’s temperament, and find one of our training programs that works best for your situation.  We will also answer any questions you may have.  The cost of the assessment is $90, which can be paid after we have scheduled your Zoom meeting.