You must have a diagnosed disability to have a SD (Service Dog).
Please do understand that a dog that just makes you feel better by being there is not a service dog.
Your medical provider will need to sign off on the need for a SD.
We have an application process, a contract, and if making payments, a financial contract along with auto draft payments from your bank or credit card (or payments can be made in stages).
This will be a partnership and you will receive lifetime support with us. This also means that YOU must make a commitment to this process and to your health. An initial consult (in person or on the phone) will be required after you have filled out an application and before we proceed further. The cost is $70 for the consult.
We may charge a finder's fee and an evaluation fee if we need to find a suitable dog for you. Not every dog has what it takes to be a SD and most of them wash out.
Please understand that just because you have a dog, it does not mean they will be capable of being a SD. If your dog is older than 3, we will not typically suggest using it for a SD.
If you have other dogs in the home, we will need to meet them to evaluate their behavior and temperament. If they require training, it is suggested that happens before bringing in a new dog.
We will not place a dog in your home if you have a dog that has reactivity or aggression issues and it is much better to have no other pets at all in most circumstances.
Although breed isn't the only factor, we do prefer to use Standard Poodles, Golden Retrievers, or Labrador Retrievers from reputable breeders with health tested parents. If you require a mobility dog, your size will determine the necessary breed and the dog will need to undergo hip and elbow grading to ensure it is in good enough health to work mobility for you.