Service Dog Training

At Dog's Play we offer multiple options for help with training your soon-to-be service dog.
Julie has trained dozens of dogs to service dog levels and can help you achieve your dreams and goals with your own personal dog. No breed or size restrictions apply, however some dogs will not qualify for this program due to temperament restrictions.

Your pup must already be well socialized to humans and dogs, and have passed their Canine Good citizen test to qualify for this program. You must have a physical or psychiatric disability in order to work a service dog, and the dog must be performing tasks for you in order for you to legally qualify as a service team.

Group and Private Lessons

We have created a 10 week intensive group course that works on service dogs skills and public access.  You will learn the legal aspects of having a service dog and the dog will learn specific tasks to help manage your
disability.

This course also includes 2 private sessions as well as group experience classes.

At the end of the 10 weeks you will have the opportunity to take the Community and Urban Canine Good Citizen tests (not required by law to comply with ADA).

Price: $450

Requirements: Must have the Canine Good Citizen title.

Board & Train or Day Camp 

If you need additional assistance or help with your service dog, we have a few board and train options to choose from starting at $60 per day.

In our board and train program your dog receives expert training six days a week, with multiple public access trips. 

We can take dogs at any stage of training, whether they are only starting out or just need polishing and public access.  (Must be at least one year of age.)

Contact us now to schedule a private consultation!

Service Dog Selection

In addition to training, we offer our expert opinion in service dog selection.

Selection of the proper dog is critical for your success. You need a dog with a heart to serve and with the proper balance of biddability, nerve and the emotional balance to complete your required tasks. You are forming a lifelong bond with your service dog and best friend.

We are happy to go with you and temperament test dogs located at shelters or other locations. Genetics play a crucial role in service dog selection and sometimes a preservation breeder of health-tested, purpose-bred dogs is the right fit. A puppy that has received proper care and stimulation in the first few critical weeks of life is the most likely to make a good candidate for service work.

Not all dogs can be service dogs, and selection is the first crucial life changing step.

If you already have a young, biddable pet dog that you have bonded with, that would be a natural choice for you - provided that your pet dog has a great temperament and is agreeable to other people and pets. They do not need to be over friendly, just not reactive or overly shy.