Wait lists for Service Dogs can often be over two years and so many waitlists are closed. Our Client-Trainer program is designed to teach clients how to train their own Service Dogs to help lessen the wait time. It is an intensive 24 month training program. This program requires the individual to be highly motivated and put in alot of hard work. They must be able to attend weekly lessons, complete training homework, take their dog on outings multiple times per week, and be able to participate in group and private lessons. Client must be mentally and physically able to care for a puppy through to adulthood.
Through this program, the applicant trains their own dog to hopefully one day become a fully qualified K9PAD Service Dog. K9PAD does not provide the dog. Upon pre-acceptance to the program, the applicant's dog will be subject to an evaluation by one of our Certified Dog Behaviour Consultants. We will provide some guidance into selecting an appropriate puppy. However, we are unable to act as a reference or screen potential breeders for applicants. We do not advise selecting a puppy prior to pre-acceptance. Having a puppy will not expedite the application process or give the applicant priority over other applicants.
This training program is very intensive. It has been adapted from our puppy raising program.
This program is broken down into 4 modules. Each module has two parts. Fees are paid at the start of a module part.
Teams must successfully pass midterm evaluations and module evaluations to progress onto the next part. The required attendance is 75%. Lower attendance records may result in the team failing to complete the module or required to take private lessons at an additional fee. Although training staff are available for support between lessons, it is the client's responsibility to ensure that they are completing homework and meeting the module requirements in order to pass the module.
Successful completion of the training program is not guaranteed. Many factors will influence if a team passes. Examples include behaviour concerns, dog's health or injuries, inability to complete homework and training goals, lower attendance and client health concerns. If a client misses a lesson, they are still responsible for the material.
Additional training services are available to active clients for supplementary training, if needed.
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.
Eligibility for the Client-Trainer Program is different than our program supplied Service Dog applicants.
Some of the criteria include:
Our Client-Trainer Service Dog Program application process is more in depth than for our Program Supplied Service Dogs. Clients who may be eligible for our Program Supplied Service Dogs are not automatically eligible for our Client-Trainer program. As this program requires a much higher level of involvement and dedication, careful consideration must be made. (Our goal is to ensure the best possible matching between client and Service Dog. Our application process may take a couple of months to ensure suitability. An approved application does not guarantee successful matching.)
There are many requirements that the client is responsible for. Some of them are: