Our Autism program is based on our Client-Trainer program, with a few differences. This program allows clients to learn to train their own Service Dog. Many programs have a long wait list (2-4 years). Our aim is to reduce the wait time for families.
The program takes approximately two years.
There is no guarantee that the dog or client will successfully complete the program or graduate. On average, Service Dog programs have a 50% pass rate. A few reasons why a team may not successfully complete the program include injury or illness, inability to meet attendance, not completing training homework, lack of appropriate socialization, and behaviour issues. This must be considered before applying for our program.
Dogs belonging to this program are owned by their client and not by K9PAD. Due to this, if the dog is not successful, the client must have a plan to either keep the dog as a pet or rehome the dog. This will be discussed with all applicants.
All fees are due upon start of the module.
Module fees include midterm evaluation and module evaluations.
For dogs with a suitable training history, our Certified Dog Behaviour Consultants will assess the dog and team to determine if the team is able to start in a later module.
Clients are also responsible for food, treats, toys, training equipment, crate, grooming tools, and other supplies.
Below are just a few of the eligibility requirements. Our Client Support Team will review each application for suitability.