Service Dog Training
Leash the Dog Services offers a few Service Dog training programs that focus on building the bond between dog and handler.
What We Do Teach
There is no current standard for how much public access training a service dog should have. That being said, you should be willing to devote at minimum a year of dedication. (We do public access every weekend except once a month. We also split it into groups.)
-Safely loading and unloading your dog from your vehicle to a full parking lot.
-Being able to enter an establishment calmly.
-Work without distractions or interruptions from outside sources
-Holding a close with-me through narrow aisles.
-Hold a sit-and-stay, a down-and-stay
-Be able to continue following handler if the leash is dropped.
-Remaining calm at the sight of another dog or something that can be considered scary/exciting
-To People Approaching
-To someone trying to get your attention
-To alert when you begin showing signs of distress
-To alert when you need to sit down due to anxiety attack, breathing problems, etc.
-Act as a buffer from others- from in front, behind and circle around
-Provide bracing when steadying yourself.
-Offering a signal to excuse yourself from an uncomfortable situation
-Deep Pressure Therapy or DPT
-Interrupt compulsive or repetitive motions, such as scratching, pulling hair, etc.
-Lead to a quiet area; place to sit down
What We Don't Teach
We Don't Teach Detection
-To low blood sugar
-Allergins / triggering odors
Currently, we aren't teaching retrievals or airline guidance, but we hope to be before 2023.
What Do You Need Before You Start
-Basic Manners and Obedience Level
(Our Adult Foundation or Puppy Foundation Class Count)
-Intermediate Foundation and Obedience.
-Loose Leash Walking Skills
-An In-Training Vest with appropriate walking gear.
Our Program Packages
Dedicated Public Access.
This is 6 months of Public Access work. This would be joining every weekend; except the weekend we take off.
That is three Saturdays and 2 Sundays.
Total Price: $1,500.
We offer monthly payments of $275 for 6 months.
Service Dog Public Access.
This is a year of Public Access work. This would be joining every other weekend in Group 1; except the weekend we take off.
Total Price: $1,800.
We offer monthly payments of $200 for a year
The Whole Shabang.
-Foundation and Manners Training; both beginning, intermediate and advanced.
-6 Months of Public Access Training.
-Task Training: Alert, Calm & Support
For this Program, you are looking at least a year of dedication.
Total Price: $2,400.
We offer monthly payments of $300.
Total Cost goes down if you pay upfront.
This program includes all levels of Foundation and Manners Required for Service Dog Training.
Total Price: $650.
We offer a payment plan of $250 per course.
This program includes teaching each of the tasks we are currently offering.
This is offered as private sessions at the Muttropolitan. Scheduling varies by availability.
Total Price: $300.
Public Access Bomb Proofing.
This is public access training for dogs who are not looking to be service or assistance dogs but working on being bomb-proof to the scary things life throws out there. Also known as Group 2 that meets every other Saturday.
We offer monthly payments of $225.
There is no official certification for a Service Dog. Anyone who offers to give you a federal or state certification is only trying to get your money.
A Service dog is defined as a medical tool that performs medical or psychiatric tasks.
An emotional support dog is not task trained.
What you need is a note from your doctor or psychiatrist stating the required use of a service dog or emotional support dog. All dogs who are out in public should be trained for public access and up to date on all of their vaccinations.