1. You'll need to find a dog. We can suggest some good shelters and breeders and give you tips on what to look for when picking a dog but we do not provide dogs.
2. You will need to have prescription from your doctor stating that you are disabled and would benefit from a service dog.
3. Enroll in a course when one is available. Via online website or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (480) 265-9443.
Your dog, of course.
A small variety of treats that your dog likes. Pick several different flavors. Dogs get bored eating the same thing all the time.
A 6 foot non-retractable leash hooked to your dogs collar.
A positive attitude and willingness to learn.
Yes your family is welcome but there are some rules.
We may not have enough chairs for everyone so some people may need to sit on the floor.
Please no infants or very small children. Older kids are welcome if they can sit quietly. Please have ear buds of they want to use a gaming device or tablet. You will be expected to manage your kids in class. This isn't always easy while working your dog and learning new commands.
Service Animal Defined by Title II and Title III of the ADA. A service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.
A Therapy Dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with mental disorders, such as anxiety disorder or autism.
An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is a companion animal that a medical professional has determined provides benefit for an individual with a disability
All service dog applicants must be evaluated for temperament before beginning any formal service dog training if the dog is over 6 months of age. Anything younger may start with the puppy course.
If you choose to skip the evaluation and start with Obedience 1 you are welcome to but run the risk of training for 6 weeks with a dog that isn't a good canidate for service work. Then you'd need to start over.
Start with Obedience. If you have a young puppy you will need to start there.
Then pick your skills. A service dog must be "task trained" the Skills courses are the tasks. Select the course to teach your dog the task you need him/her to do for you. (Bracing, Alerting, Retrieving, Diabetic Alerting, etc...)
Public Access. This course will teach you and your dog how to behave in public and function as a team amongst distractions
Former Graduates due for re-testing are welcome to join in any currently running service dog class to "re-fresh" their dog, if the class isn't already full, before testing is due.
Absolutely. We have many who come through and their dogs go on to become Therapy Dogs, Emotional Support Dogs, and simply stellar family pets. All you need to do is enroll in a course online when one is available, add yourself to the waiting list and recieve an email when your courses enrollment is open or call and enroll over the phone (480)256-9443.
This course is for service dogs only. Medical Documentation is required. This is a 16 week course. Each week the class will meet in a different location and learn behaviors and skills necessary to function in a public environment.
Retrieving 1 we simply work on building the drive of the dog to bring items back to the handler. Playing "fetch" and Retrieving and different. Retrieving must be done in a controlled manor. The dog learns to bring a variety of items to the handler without chewing, tearing or crushing them.
Retrieving 2 we refine the retrieve to include pulling items from shelves. putting items in baskets, carrying and holding items for the handler. Dog also learn items by name and to go find them.
Retrieving 3 is done during public access whenever possible. This course puts all the work from the first two courses in to practice.
Yes there is. You have a few options. You can attend that same class (Let's say week #3) on another day if one is available. Just let the trainer know beforehand. You can find the classes and dates on the Calendar.
Or talk to your trainer about coming in a little early or staying a little late the following week of your course.
Yes. You will need to set that up with a trainer. Each trainers schedule and pricing is different. Feel free to talk to all of us then decide. You can find the trainers contact information under meet the staff.
This really depends on you and your dog. The more you practice what we teach the faster your dog will learn all the necessary skills and behaviors.
The whole process (as an example) - starting with an 10+ month old dog. Pass the initial evaluation for temperament, work drive and handler/dog relationship.
Obedience 1 Obedience 2 Retrieving Skills Course 1 Alerting Skills Course 1 Obedience 3 Retrieving Skills Course 2 Public Access Course Retrieving Skills Course 3 Bracing Skills Course 2 Pass the Public Access Test
This example would take about a year and half to complete and cost around $2,100 in class fees.
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The whole process (as an example) - starting with an 4 month old dog.
Puppy Obedience Obedience 1 Obedience 2 Retrieving Skills Course 1 Focus and Relationship Obedience 3 Retrieving Skills Course 2 Public Access Course Retrieving Skills Course 3 Scenting/Tracking Pass the Public Access Test
This example would take about 2 years to complete and cost around $2,400 in class fees.
Most of our 6 week courses cost $230. The exception is the shy dog course which is $250.
Our 4 week courses cost $200.00
Public Access which is a 16 week course costs $500
We have courses that run for 6 weeks, some that run for 4 weeks, public access runs for 16 weeks. For all of these you'll attend class once a week for about an hour.
The Workshops (Seminars) are a one time event that may run for 1-3 hours.
You can pay in full when you enroll online. Or if you use the Reserve option the remainder must be paid on the first day of class. We accept Cash, Check and Card (via paypal).
Yes. If you drop out after the 2nd class you will be refunded for classes not taken after bank fees. You do need to request the refund.
Yes you will be refunded in full if you paid for the course but were unable to attend. However you must request the refund. Or you can choose to apply the fee for a course on the next round of classes.
Yes, absolutely. Just let us know which course you want it applied to. Either the current round or the next round if you cant attend the current round you signed up for.
Easy. Add yourself to the waiting list to be notified as soon as the course you want to take becomes available. We can't schedule every course every month so the waiting lists lets us know how many and which courses we need to open.
Yes however you can not work 2 dogs in the class. You will need to bring another family member to work the additional dog(s).
No, you can also enroll via phone (480)256-9443.
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All breeds of dogs are welcome in the program but please be sure the dog is physically capable of performing the tasks you want to trained to do for you. For example, a 10 pound toy poodle may have trouble opening doors for you. A 100 pound mastiff may not make a good retriever.
All dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations. Proof of vaccinations are required on the first day of class or beforehand when possible.
Females in season (in heat) may not attend classes. I prefer all dogs be spayed or neutered but that isn't a requirement for classes.
We have a zero tolerance policy for animal abuse. If you are physically abusing your dog you will be dismissed from class and all future classes with a full refund for classes not taken. I do allow the use of training tools in classes but they must be used correctly.
As the law requires we do need a Medical Documentation from a Physician or a Prescription for a service dog before you start any courses reserved for service dogs only. We do need to know your medical condition to best train your dog to help you and to keep you safe.
Your private information will not be shared with anyone outside of All 4 Paws Training LLC or any business at any time.
You will be asked to sign an Accident Waiver and Release of Liability before joining any class/course.
This course is specifically for puppies 3-6 months of age. It is designed to teach the basic good puppy behaviors, socialization, puppy care and a little obedience. We will teach you about your new puppy, typical puppy behaviors and how to survive the potty training, chewing, and other fun puppy stages. At the end of this course we offer the AKC Puppy STAR test. This is a 6 week course. This course is specifically for puppies 3-6 months of age. It is designed to teach the basic good puppy behaviors, socialization, puppy care and a little obedience. We will teach you about your new puppy, typical puppy behaviors and how to survive the potty training, chewing, and other fun puppy stages. At the end of this course we offer the AKC Puppy STAR test. This is a 6 week course.
This class is to prep you for Public Access training & features an intro to Rally and Competition obedience. We do a lot with fine motor control and body awareness. This course changes based on the needs of each class. This is a 6 week course.
Find out everything you ever wanted to know about service animals! Our 101 is packed with important information, valuable resources and guides to help deepen your understanding of the service animal world. Let us help you understand the definitions, laws, challenges, picking your dog, training it and more! The more informed EVERYONE is about service animals and their use, the better everyone's experiences will be!
This is a 16 week course. Each week the class will meet at a different location and work on skills and/or behaviors all service dogs need to be in public. In addition you will be expected to learn the laws and service dog etiquette while in public. We expect you and your dog to be on your best behavior and respectful of others at all times. These classes are kept small, 2-4 dogs at a time. These classes often take place mid-day week days and sometimes weekday evenings. At the end of the 16 weeks you will take our Public Access Test. Start your Skills training first please!
This is pretty much as it sounds however many of these "tricks" are the start of service dog skills. This course is meant to be fun and nothing more. Your dog will learn simple tricks like Ring a bell, Jump through a hoop, Bow, Spin, Roll over, play dead, shake, etc.
This course is ideal for anyone who has just recently adopted a dog. It take time to build a good bond and relationship with a new dog and the games we play in this course are designed to help build that relationship and engagement. Each week we will play 2-3 trust and bond building games.
This course is for shy and timid dogs. It’s designed to help boost your dog’s confidence in itself and you. We also teach you how to manage a timid dog and to continue working with the dog to help him/her become a more well adjusted dog.
Learn the skills you need to potentially help save your dog or cats life! This course is more than just CPR. Topics covered are splinting broken bones, bandaging wounds, burns, punctures, ingesting toxic substances, choking, vomiting, as well as learning to spot illness by taking your pets temperature, checking for dehydration and anemia.
This workshop is designed to simulate your potential experiences with air travel. We simulate the security and go over several possible TSA protocols. Then boarding the plane, seating, in flight services, and disembarking the plane. Plus time for some Q&A. We try to be as accurate as possible with all the airline regulations but each airline has their own policies and they change frequently.
This class is for fun and to learn the basics of Rally. Most class days we’ll be outside in the parking lot. The training center is often too small for how much space we need. Weather will be a factor in how this course is taught. Please dress appropriately.
Learning a scent; Search patterns; Area/Container searching; Vehicle Search (weather permitting); Tracking; Distractions. This course varies a bit based on the dogs skill level and drive. We also use this course to teach tracking. - This is a 6 week course.
This course teaches you and your dog how to help stabilize you, assist you getting up and down, and pull a wheelchair. No real weight is applied to the dog in class. We will explain how and when to start applying pressure. It will take time for your dog’s muscles to build. Because we don’t apply weight dogs under 2 year may take this course. Prerequisite required. Completion of Obedience 1. If you can wait until after Obedience 2 you'll do better in this class.
Building the drive to retrieve. This is a true retriever not a game of toss the ball. Dog’s not only are taught to bring something back to you but to want to bring things to you. All without chewing or tearing the item. Prerequisite required. Completion of Obedience 1, ideally also Obedience 2 but not always necessary.
Advancing the retrieve into a useful skill. Putting toys away, delivering items between two people, opening a drawer or cabinet and shutting it. Also learning to be gentle with breakable household items like cell phones, pens, etc.