Learn how to train your own service dog
in person and online
Learn how to train your own dog as your Service Dog, at your own speed with the help of one of our certified trainers.
Whether you live close to our facility in Indianapolis Indiana, or in New York, Miami or Omaha, we can help you train your dog to be your Service Dog. Sessions are in person or by Skype.
How can we help you?
Let's train your dog as your service dog
A training program that fits your needs
Schedule an assessment
We can teach you how to train your own dog to assist you as your service dog with your particular disability. After a preliminary assessment to evaluate if your dog has the potential to be trained as your service dog, we'll meet with you weekly, bi-weekly or sometimes monthly, in person or online, depending on what you are working on and help you achieve your goals.
Your dog trained as your service dog
Personalized and Professional
Our program is divided into 3 levels of training. In addition to your sessions with one of our accredited trainers, you'll receive detailed step by step training plans for each one of the behaviors, as well as tutorial videos and flyers. At the end of each level of training, your dog will be assessed to make sure he/she is ready for the next level. We also prepare your dog for the AKC CGC evaluations.
How long does it take?
Learning at your pace
Based on the industry guidelines (IAADP), training any Service Dog takes on average from 6 months to a year depending on your dog's age, on how much time you have to work with your dog, how quickly your dog takes to the training and whether there are certain behavior problems that need to be addressed. Overall you should expect to spend 120 hours of training and 30 hours or working out in public places to complete the entire program (see details below).
Service Dog Training Academy
Our training Programs
Assessing Your Dog
Prior to starting our training program, 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, but it allows us to make sure your dog has a chance to be trained as your service dog.
During the assessment, we'll also discuss your particular training needs and help you define a game plan to accomplish your goals.
If you need a session or two to address certain specific behaviors, booking single coaching sessions may be the way to go. You can schedule the sessions either at our facility at 6256 La Pas Trail, Indianapolis IN 46268 or online if you live too far to drive to us.
Each session is an hour.
You might need specialized coaching and would like to book several sessions at a time for a reduced cost.
Each session is an hour either at our facility or online.
Package of 3 sessions: $255.00
Package of 6 sessions: $480.00
Package of 10 sessions: $750.00
You have a new puppy and are waiting to join our group classes or our Board & Train program. This program is perfect for puppies 3-4 months old. Get the help of one of our certified trainers and teach your puppy how to:
Accept a crate
Walk on leash without pulling
Socialize with new dogs and people
The puppy package includes 6 one hour training sessions.
Learn how to be an effective trainer for your dog, how to read your dog's emotions and react accordingly, how to keep a training log and develop a working mindset in your future service dog.
This package is the first of 3 levels to fully train your dog as your service dog.
Your dog will learn 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...
The Foundation Package includes 10 one hour training sessions either in person or online.
From Foundation to Advanced. We'll further develop your dog's behaviors, learn how to work in a crowd, meet strangers, ignore distractions, and introduce more advanced behaviors such as:
Preparation for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test
The Intermediate Obedience Package includes 10 one hour training sessions.
This class is all about taking the dog out in public. Learn about the ADA laws regarding Service Dogs, how to deal with the public, how to manage your dog in public places and prepare for the Public Access Test.
The Public Access Package includes 3 one hour training sessions out in public places
We'll specialize your dog to meet your specific needs in this final Package. Depending on your disability, you'll 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...
The Specialized Training Package includes 10 one hour training sessions.
Certifying Your Service Dog
After completion of our training program, you'll be ready to pass the Public Access Test along with the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. Both tests are given at the same time.
Our Public Access Test is an assessment based on the test developed by Assistance Dogs International and has become the standard for most service dog organizations.
Once you pass the assessment, you will receive an ID and certification letter from us as proof that your dog has met our standards and is a fully trained service dog by all legal definition of the law. This certificate is valid for one year.
If your dog has not been trained through our program, you will need to schedule a preliminary meeting with one of our trainers. You will be asked for proof of your disability, demonstrate that your dog meets our standards, is ready to pass the PAT and that he/she is trained to perform specialized behaviors to help with your disability.