Learn how to train your dog as your service dog
You already have a dog and don't want to add an extra dog to your household? Do you want to avoid the long wait times to get a fully trained service dog? You would love to learn how to train your dog as your service dog? Your dog already helps you naturally and you would like to take his training further so he can be your service dog? You just can't afford to pay for a fully trained service dog? Joining our group classes is the most cost-efficient way to get the service dog that you need. Our classes are catered to dog owners who wish to train their dogs to assist them or a relative with a disability.
Just because you'll be the trainer, doesn't mean that we relax our standards. Our curriculum takes a little over a year to complete and covers dog behavior and training techniques for up to 30 different commands. You'll be given the Public Access Test after completion of the classes and will have the option to pass the Canine Good Citizen tests.
How does it work?
Your roadmap to success
Our full package includes 35 hours of teaching, detailed training plans, and training logs, as well as coaching videos. After a final assessment, you will also receive a service dog ID card and a certification letter. We'll provide you with everything you need to succeed.
Why train with Medical Mutts?
We only train service dogs
What makes our classes different than a regular obedience class? Training a service dog is very different than training a pet dog. Most dog trainers don't have the experience and understanding of this type of training, as there are many small but important differences when training a service dog. Each level builds upon the previous one and when the dogs are not started off in the right way, there are many behaviors that will need to be corrected as we move forward.
How do we train?
Our methods are positive and effective
Our training methods are based on developing the dog's confidence and desire to learn. We don't use choke chains, prong collars or shock collars. You will learn to effectively teach your dog through positive reinforcement methods. Not only will you develop all the skills that you need, but you will also improve your communication and strengthen your relationship with your dog.
Does your dog qualify?
We'll assess your dog
Prior to being registered for our classes, all dogs must be evaluated for temperament and trainability. The assessment provides an estimation of what your dog's chances are of becoming a service dog. Passing the evaluation does not guarantee that your dog will make it all the way through the program, however, since problematic behaviors can appear along the way, especially with younger dogs. Those changes may increase or decrease with time, training and exposure to different stimuli. Cost for the evaluation is $90. Contact us to set up an appointment with our specialist.
Service Dog Academy
Get the help you need to train your own service dog
The program is divided into 4 different modules. Each module builds upon one another and should be taken in the order 1 through 4. Dogs with previous training experience will still need to start with our foundation class unless they have worked with us privately and are ready to start one of our more advanced group class.
Foundation - Level 1
From ADA laws to training basics, this class will provide the foundation for all subsequent classes. You'll learn how to properly socialize your service dog in training, how to deal with fear issues, how to keep a training log, and 10 of the foundational behaviors for service dogs. You will learn how to teach your dog to:
Pay attention in all sorts of places
Settle on his bed
Walk without pulling on the leash
Heel into position
Recognize a smell (medical detection)
Come when called
and much more...
Dogs under 1 year of age will also be given the AKC S.T.A.R.
We meet every Saturday morning for an hour. Classes start in September and March. Duration 10 weeks.
Our next classes start on April 4th, 2020 at 9:00 am.
This module will focus on more advanced behaviors, including preparatory training for retrieving objects. We will increase the criteria of our foundation behaviors and add 10 new behaviors to the service dog's repertoire.
You will learn how to teach your dog to:
Stay with distractions and distance
Lie under a table or under your legs
Pivot into position on your right side
Roll on the side for care and grooming
You and your dog will also be preparing for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test.
We meet every Saturday morning for an hour. Classes start in September and March.
Duration 10 weeks.
Our next classes start on start on April 4th, 2020 at noon.
Learn how service dogs should behave in public, how to deal with strangers and store managers, how to get the dog to stay under the table at the restaurant and much more. Practice with our trainers in public places.
We provide AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) testing on the last class.
We meet every Saturday and go on field trips after the Advance Obedience Class. Classes start in Spring and Fall.
Duration 5 weeks.
Let's specialize your dog to meet your specific needs.
Diabetes alert, seizure alert and/or response, allergies or other scent-related problems.
Autism, PTSD, anxieties, narcolepsy or other related disabilities
You will learn how to teach your dog to:
Alert to a drop in your BG, a seizure, a panic attack or other medical problem
Press a button
Turn lights on
Apply deep pressure
Help with balance
Prepare for the AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen Test
and much more...
We provide AKC Canine Good Citizen Urban (CGCU) and the Public Access Test (PAT) in the last class.
Our next classes start on April 4th, 2020 at 10:30 am
Public Access Test, ID and Certification letter
after completion of all 4 modules.