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.