Service Dog Training

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Training Your Best Friend LLC Service dog  is a specialized program giving you the ultimate level of control.

This innovative program is designed for individuals that need a Service Dog, or Assistance Dog, that can go anywhere, respond to commands, and provide the assistance needed from a Service Dog.

Our Service Dog Training begins with foundation obedience training. Service dogs will learn to sit, down, walk at your side on leash without pulling, wait at door ways or cross walks, jump in and out of vehicles, and provide assistance to you as a Service Dog.

The Service Dogs in our program have plenty of room to run and grow. We create an environment that values proper etiquette and reinforces inherent strengths.

We help you train your puppy or adult dog to become your service dog to mitigate the symptoms of your disability. Training Your Best Friend Service Dog Training Program allows you to get a task trained service dog within as little  as one year.

Service dogs are engaged in specialized training exercises learning impulse control, proper etiquette, conditioning to public places, and behaviors specific to the service work. We take training service dogs on weekly field trips to public and private sites where they participate in drills that simulate real world conditions.

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Training Your Best Friend Service Dog Training program is unique; the curriculum and comprehensive nature of the training is innovative – and the results are reliable, and unmatched by anything we have seen nationwide.

​There are a variety reasons why someone would wish to train their own service dog, and under current ADA law ~ this is legal.

Training Your Best Friend Service Dog  Training was created to offer a high quality program that would assist the owner trainer to meet the high standards required of a service dog.

What does the program look like?

  • 1 year program
  • Weekly training meeting(s)
  • Unlimited support
  • Training materials
  • Service Dog Vest (upon completion of the program)

Who is this program for?

  • ADA qualified individual
  • Needing a Mobility Dog
  • Needing a PTSD Dog
  • Needing Wheel Chair Assistance

What are the program benchmarks?

  • Basic Obedience Test Pass
  • Public Manners Class Test Pass
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen test pass
  • AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen test pass
  • AKC Community Canine test pass
  •  National Therapy Dog test pass
  • Public Access Assessment pass
  • Task specific training skills complete

 

Training Your Best Friend adheres to the Minimum Training Standards set forth by the ADI (Assistance Dogs International).

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Service Dog Training Provided: Psychiatric Service Dog Skills / Behaviors — Tactile stimulation, Initiate activity (walking & playing), Pressure/ warmth stimulation, and or Initiate interpersonal interaction. Temperament / Breed — People-oriented, easy going, happy go-lucky personalities that are not easily disturbed or upset by the possible behavior changes of their handler.

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Any size or breed of dog with the correct temperament is capable of being trained for this job. Client / Owner’s needs — Severe Depression, Bipolar, PTSD, Anxiety/Panic disorders, OCD, or otherwise prescribed by a Medical Doctor. Mobility Assistance Dog Skills / Behaviors — Dogs retrieve dropped items, helps handler with bracing, balancing, walking, and standing up. Temperament / Breed — dogs with enough desire and drive to willingly work for their owner and also be able to quickly & easily calm and settle in a multitude of situations. Medium, Large and Giant breed dogs are most suitable due to the physical nature of this type of work. Client / Owner’s needs — Spinal cord injury, Brain injury, Muscular Dystrophy, Arthritis, Balance problems, or otherwise prescribed by a Medical Doctor.

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 Training Your Best Friend Service Dog Training Curriculum: Confidence Building — Obstacle courses, environmental stability, and dealing with adversity anywhere and everywhere is necessary for a Service Dog. Riding on escalators, going up or down elevators, and working through various conditions that build confidence are an important part of training service dogs. Obedience Training — Practical and necessary commands that enable you to communicate with your Service Dog both in the home or in public places. Commands to heel at your side, sit automatically when you stop, sit stay, down stay, dropped leash recall (come when called) in a store, wait at doors or at cross walks, get in/out of a vehicle on command, and respond to verbal commands and/or hand signals. Manners & Proper Etiquette —

Service dogs learn proper social behavior skills; curriculum includes proper etiquette (meeting and greeting people) under control – no aggressive behavior, no biting, lunging, etc. No Soliciting food or petting from people while on duty. No sniffing merchandise or people or intruding into another dog’s space while on duty. Socialize to tolerate strange sights, sounds, odors, etc. in a variety of public settings. Ignore food on the floor or dropped in the dog’s vicinity. Works calmly on leash, no unruly behavior or unnecessary vocalizations in public settings. No urinating or defecating in public places unless given a specific command or signal to toilet in an appropriate place. Disability Related Tasks,

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Each Service Dog will be individually trained to perform identifiable tasks on command or cue for the benefit of the disabled human partner. This may include alerting to sounds or medical problems, retrieving objects that are out of their person’s reach, by pulling wheelchairs, opening and closing doors, turning light switches off and on, barking to indicate that help is needed, assisting ambulatory persons to walk by providing balance and counterbalance, providing deep pressure, and many other individual tasks.

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Public Outings — Service Dog Training can include public access, giving dog and owner freedom to go into public places. Service Dogs enrolled for this training will travel away from Training Your Best Friend Academy to train in public and private training areas. Curriculum includes: Safely cross a parking lot, halt for traffic, ignore distractions, heel through narrow aisles, hold a Sit Stay when a shopping cart passes by or a person stops to chat and pets the dog; Hold a Down Stay when a child approaches and briefly pets the dog; hold a Sit Stay when someone drops food on the floor; Remain calm if someone else holds the leash while handler moves 20 ft. away; Remain calm while another dog passes 6 ft. of the team; and public etiquette to meet and greet people in public places under control.

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Service Dog Certification — Upon course completion each dog will be given a certificate (Service Dog Certification) as proof that it has mastered the necessary skills of a Service Dog. This certificate will be issued by Training Your Best Friend Academy, endorsed by the trainers that have handled and evaluated the Service Dog.

Service Dog Pre-Requisites:
1) Written recommendation from a Physician
2) Veterinarian verification
3) Owner/handler application
4) Approved Application and Temperament Evaluation from Training Your Best Friend LLC

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Service Dog Application and Evaluation ($500) Non Refundable
In order to enroll your dog for Service Dog Training, you must submit a Service Dog Application, necessary documentation (Itemized under Service Dog Pre-Requisites), and schedule a drop off 48-hour evaluation. Your dog will stay here at the facility during this time for an evaluation of the temperament, confidence, learning aptitude, and ability to do assistance work. The application/evaluation fee is non-refundable.

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Enrollment:
Due to the rigorous training involved with this program we have limited availability. We require half the tuition be paid as a deposit to hold your place in the course. The remaining balance is due at the time of pick up and/or graduation.
Personal Service Dog Training — 16 Weeks ($10,000)This course is designed for Service Dogs that will work for its handler in a home environment only (no public access).
Curriculum includes:
On-leash obedience training, learning to walk on a leash without pulling, off leash recall, waiting at doors, going into the kennel, socialization with other friendly dogs.

**Personal Service Dog Training is intended for Psychiatric Service Dogs and/or Mobility Assistance dogs that will provide assistance in the home (no public access).

Public Access Service Dog Training — 16 Weeks ($16,000)

This course is designed for Service Dogs that will need to assist the owner everywhere they go, including public places, transportation (car, bus, airplane, etc), and perform duties of a Service Dog.

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Curriculum includes:
On-leash obedience training, learning to walk on a leash without pulling, getting in and out of a vehicle, waiting at doors, going into the kennel, confidence building through obstacle courses, and socialization with other friendly dogs. Transport training with include loading/unloading from a vehicle in a busy parking lot, approaching then entering a building, moving through a busy grocery store, ridding public transportation, holding a position while you eat a meal at a restaurant, going with you on elevators/escalators and other public access situations.

 

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**Public Access Service Dog Training is intended for Psychiatric Service Dogs and/or Mobility Assistance dogs that will provide assistance in public places. Service Dogs that graduate this course will receive a Public Access Service Dog Certification, upon successfully completing the PACT (Public Access Certification Test) set forth by the ADI (Assistance Dogs International).

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The cost for Training Your Best Friend full one year curriculum  of Service Dog Training is $20,000

Training Service Dogs

Effective communication and proper motivation are the foundation for a well trained Service Dog or Assistance Dog. We provide clients with a reliable, well trained Service Dog that can walk on leash without pulling, meet and greet people under control, and provide assistance to the owner. This service enhances the life of the owner, and we take the responsibility of training these dogs with great care.

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