About Service Dogs

What does it take to train a service dog?

There is no exact set time for training an adult service dog.  First they must complete early socialization as a puppy.  Then a dog undergoes a clear training plan for that dog.  In general, adult dogs will undergo specific training training (obedience, task work, etc.) for 1-2 hours a day for a period of around 6 months before they are matched with their future owner.  Once matched, the owner and the dog train as a team.

Assistance Dogs International (ADI) is a coalition of not-for-profit assistance dog organizations.  Assistance dog organizations that pass ADI’s comprehensive accreditation become ADI member programs, and are regularly assessed to ensure they meet the association’s high standards.

What is the Difference Between Service, Therapy, and Emotional Support Animals ?

There are real differences – and a lot of confusion about – these categories.  We explain it here.