Your Own Dog Trained as Your Service Dog
At Medical Mutts, we offer three distinct programs tailored to meet your unique needs: Board and Train, Private Coaching, and Group Classes. In our Board and Train program, your dog receives expert training while residing with us. For a more personalized approach, our Private Coaching sessions provide one-on-one guidance. If you prefer a collaborative learning environment, our Group Classes offer a supportive community. These programs are particularly beneficial for individuals who already have a qualifying dog or those who desire a specific breed for their service dog. Our dedicated trainers, through each program, impart essential skills, ensuring you and your canine partner not only meet but exceed the standards for service dog certification, all while fostering a strong and effective bond.
Tailored Service Dog Training to Meet Your Needs
No prior training is needed. We'll guide you through all the steps, from basic obedience to task training.
Our advanced training methods are customized to address your specific requirements, whether it's anxiety management, balance assistance, object retrieval, glucose level alerts, seizure alerts, and more. We also cover public behavior, teaching your dog proper conduct in various environments like restaurants, theaters, and medical offices. Our training ensures adaptability to diverse situations through exposure to different environments and distractions. A public access test is conducted upon completion for readiness assessment.
Positive Reinforcement Approach:
We use modern, science-based, positive reinforcement methods exclusively. No prong collars, choke chains, or shock collars are used, prioritizing your dog's comfort and well-being. Our approach nurtures your dog's enthusiasm and confidence, evident in their wagging tails and eagerness during training.
Flexible Training Duration:
Recognizing each dog's unique needs, we follow International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP) guidelines for comprehensive and standardized training. Your dog will meet the same high standards as our fully trained service dogs. Training duration varies based on your specific needs and on the program that you choose as well as the desired skill set. IAADP recommends a minimum of 120 hours of training over at least 6 months, with 30 hours in public settings. Our group classes for instance will take you on a one-year journey, where our board and train program can get your dog ready in 8-30 weeks.
How old does your dog need to be:
For optimal results, dogs aged 1-5 years are best suited for our training program. While waiting for enrollment, explore our Private Coaching or weekly Puppy Coaching options, available in-person or online. Our Puppy Coaching program is perfect for young puppies, focusing on socialization, basic obedience, and building a strong behavioral foundation, ensuring your puppy grows into a confident companion.
Transitioning to Positive Reinforcement:
For dogs with previous coercive training methods like prong collars, choke chains, or shock collars, the transition to our positive reinforcement-based approach may take a bit longer. We prioritize your dog's well-being and confidence. Our team is dedicated to providing the time and support needed for your dog's success in their service training journey. We tailor the program to your dog's unique needs, ensuring they acquire the skills required to excel.
Note: Ongoing assessments are conducted in each one of the three training options, and certification is awarded upon completing the training program and passing the public access test.
Medical Mutts provides a service that made it possible for me to afford and receive the necessary professional training so that I can leave the home and navigate life with more confidence and happiness. We would like to share our gratitude and encourage anyone who may be considering working with Medical Mutts to do so. Thank you for your work and for all the dogs and people you have helped
How to get started?
Let's first make sure your dog has the right temperament to be a service dog
The initial step in your journey to train your own service dog begins with scheduling a comprehensive assessment with our experienced trainers at Medical Mutts. During this dedicated time, our trainers will engage with you to understand your unique requirements and discuss your canine companion's current abilities. Together, you will explore the various program options, including Board and Train, Private Coaching, and Group Classes. This personalized assessment serves as the foundation for determining the most suitable program or combination of options tailored specifically to meet your needs. We are committed to ensuring that every step of your training experience aligns seamlessly with your goals and preferences, ultimately paving the way for a successful partnership with your service dog.