Service Dog Training

The Service Dog Training Program will prepare your dog to be your Service Dog with a strong focus on attentiveness, down-stay, heeling, proofing obedience with distractions in public, and task training that your disability requires.

  • The Service Dog Training Program is where the dog lives with me for 3 months to become a Service Dog.
  • There is no prerequisite for the Service Dog Training Program and the tuition is all-inclusive.
  • The 3 month period can be broken up into 1-month increments for dogs under 6 months of age to allow for training through the dog’s mental development.
  • Trained dogs and puppies are available as well if you do not yet have a Service Dog candidate.

Balanced Obedience offers two Service Dog training options.

 All training includes training for the Public Access Test, dog’s vest, ID Cards and Certificate upon completion. Balanced Obedience does not offer skills training for dogs needed for: sight, hearing, seizure alert, mobility or diabetes.


Option: Owner-Trained Service Dog Program

The Owner-Trained Service Dog Program for owners who want to train their own dog to become a Service Dog. The Owner-Trained Service Dog Program takes anywhere from 1 week to 6 months to complete, depending on the amount of training your dog has had.

This program requires the Online Dog Obedience Course or On-Leash Mastery Course as a prerequisite if your dog is not very well mannered in public not able to pass basic obedience skills (heel, sit, down, down-stay for 5 minutes, come, and leave-it).

In Accordance with the American Disabilities Act of 1990

Businesses May Ask:

1) Is this a Service Dog?
2) What tasks does the Service Dog perform?

Businesses May Not:

1) Require special identification for the dog
2) Ask about the person’s disability
3) Charge additional fees because of the dog
4) Refuse admittance, isolate, segregate. or treat this person less favorably than other patrons

A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove their service animal from the premises unless:

1) the animal is out of control and the handler cannot or does not take effective action to control it
2) the animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others (i.e. not housebroken)

Any business that sells or prepares food must allow service animals in public areas even if state or local health codes prohibit animals on the premises.

Refusal to provide equal access to people with disabilities with service animals is a federal civil rights violation, provides by the ADA. Violators of the ADA can be required to pay money damages and penalties.

All training includes lifetime trainer support.