Service Dog Training – Syracuse NY

Service dog in front of owner

Medical / Service Dog Training:

Medical and / or Service dog training involves an extensive training process to ensure the dog meets state and federal requirements to be certified as a service dog. You MUST have a legal medical reason to have a service dog. The ADA defines a service dog as the following, “Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure…”

1. You must have a letter from your medical doctor with his/her reason and signature certifying why you need a service dog. This will have to be kept for your records as well

2. Your dog will need to go through an assessment to determine if it’s a proper fit to be trained as a service dog, and to determine if your dog is capable of completing the tasks required to assist you.


What commands will my service dog learn?

That question is truly dependent on your medical needs. Each service dog and what they must be taught is unique in regards to what you and your doctor have determined to be necessary.

Some service commands / tasks include (but are not limited to):

  1. Chores such as picking up clothes / objects
  2. Opening / Closing doors
  3. Alerting you of someone knocking, doorbell, alarm, name being called, etc.
  4. Walking support
  5. Medical Alerts (Seizures, Heart Attacks, Migraines, Narcolepsy, Diabetic, Etc)
  6. Stand between owner and stranger for people with social disabilities / protection
  7. Press a doggy 911 device to alert police of an emergency
  8. Fetch a bottle of water from fridge
  9. Emotional Support (PTSD, Suicidal, Psychiatrict)


Cost of Service Dog Training / Time Frame / Schedule:

The cost and time involved of training a service dog can range GREATLY depending on what tasks your dog must complete and at what level of education they are currently at. First and foremost your dog must be obedient and listen to commands given 99% of the time. That process alone usually takes the majority of the dogs first year to year and half. Once maturity is established and basic commands are reliable, then you can graduate to the second step. CGC certification is recommended prior to starting service training but not required. The second step is beginning the tasks required for your dogs service training.



FAQ: Do you have service dog’s available for me to purchase?

No! I focus on private individualized training focused on YOUR needs. I do not recommend “pre trained” service dog’s as they may not have the skills necessary to your medical / psychological needs. Why pay thousands for a pre-trained service dog to then pay thousands more to train it for your needs.

FAQ: Will you help me pick out a service dog?

Absolutely! I can always give my advice and input, however, at the end of the day the decision will ultimately be yours. I recommend doing research prior to contacting me in regards to what breed you are interested in, whether or not you will be getting a puppy and/or adopting, etc.

FAQ: Should I get a puppy or adopt an older dog?

They both have their pros and cons. Puppies allow the ability to connect much earlier in the dogs life and the ability to train a dog the way you want and need for your medical / service needs right from the start. Pro of adopting means you get and rescue an older dog that has (potentially) already had some prior training such as house breaking. Second, you can also make sure the dog has the right energy level for service dog work as they’ve already gone through the puppy stages, terrible two’s, etc.

FAQ: Where does training take place?

A lot of students come from Syracuse NY to our location in Rochester NY for training. Usually a three week board and train will be included with service dog training and that will take place in the dog trainers home in Rochester. Private sessions will consist of various places including trainers facility, public stores, parks, vets, etc.


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