Where can I buy a service dog? What do they cost?
Most trained service dogs come from non-profit organizations. Check out programs in your area. www.assistancedogsinternational.org The actual cost of a fully trained service dog is estimated at about $20,000. Most programs will help with fund raising or place the dogs at little or no cost to the client.
Where can I train my service dog? Where can I find a trainer/school for my service dog?
There are very few pet dog trainers that also train service dogs. Some of the Assistance Dogs International programs do work with owner trainers. You can begin basic obedience training with your local NADOI instructor.
Does a list of trainers and schools exist?
I get nervous if I go outside of my home. Can I get a dog for that?
To qualify for a service dog, you must be considered a person with a disability by your health care provider. A service dog is trained to do work or perform tasks that assist with your disability.
How can I get a landlord to rent to me if I have a service dog?
Housing is under the Fair Housing Act. http://www.bazelon.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=mHq8GV0FI4c%3D&tabid
How can I get my service dog certified? Who does this?
According to the American’s With Disability Act (ADA) Service animals are not required to be certified. https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.pdf
I am at the gate and the airline won’t let me board with my service dog. What do I do?
You request a Conflict Resolutions officer:
I have always flown my service dog in the cabin on domestic flights, but they won’t let him board an international flight. What do I do?
You should download the U.S. Department of Transportation’s information brochure Air Travel With Service Animals and carry a copy with you.
I want to train my 7 wk-old puppy to be a service dog. Is that OK?
While you can begin training a puppy for a career as a service dog, it will not be physically or mentally mature enough to work until it is about two years of age.
I am a veteran. How do I get a service dog?
Go to www.assistancedogsinternational.org and look for a program in your area.
I paid (whatever amount of money) for my service dog and he won’t work. What do I do?
You should have a contract from your program or trainer that provided you with follow up training. Contact the program/trainer.
I want to become a service dog trainer. Where do I go to learn this? How do I get certified?
There is no certification for service dog trainers. If you are serious about becoming a service dog trainer, you may be able to find an apprenticeship with an ADI member program or attend www.berginu.edu.