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.
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.
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, and client health concerns.
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 is 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: