Application Process

 
Good Dogs will keep your entire service dog application confidential. Your videos, photos, and written application will become the property of Good Dogs Training Inc. and will never be shared, sold or distributed for any reason.

Good Dogs provides full public access service dogs for the following:
• Autism Assistance
• Mobility Assistance
• Stability Assistance
• Sound Alert
• Seizure Alert and Assistant
• Psychiatric support



SERVICE DOG APPLICATION PROCESS – STEP ONE


Our service dog application process its meant to give us all the information that we need in order to match the best dog that is going to provide service for you or the applicant.
First, we need a completed Preliminary Application that is going to help our team learn about household schedules, lifestyle and a background history of the applicant and their lifestyle.

Good Dogs Training does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, physical or mental disability.

Please take under consideration that:

• You will need basic contact information for you and two individuals who have agreed to provide support to you and your service dog.

• You will need the contact information, specifically an email address, for the people who will complete your letters of recommendation, as well as your physician or therapist who is filling out your medical form.

After filling the:

Autism Assistance Preliminary Application or the Service Dog Preliminary Application please send it to info@traingooddogs.com





SERVICE DOG APPLICATION PROCESS – STEP TWO


Once we review and approve the preliminary information we will send you the appropriate application for your disability which will require information on your disability, your living situation and information gathered from your references and medical provider(s). Once we have received your application we may ask you to send us videos, which will help us determine if one of our service dogs can assist you.

We will set up a brief meeting either in person or via Skype. In this interview we are going to review the information, interact with the patient or guardian. This will give us a better idea of what tasks we can consider for your future service dog. The family will have the option to meet puppies or dogs that are in training at our facility. In this visit we get more information about the patient history and interactions. We talk about the breed that will best suit you according to the size, temperament and lifestyle of the applicant.

There is a required photo/video portion of this application. Families applying for a service dog or skilled companion dog for individuals on the autism spectrum and/or neurocognitive disabilities are required to create a video. If you choose to submit a video, you will need to upload your video to a Dropbox page or private YouTube page. If you have questions about how to do this, please contact us.

Step two also requires a $50 application fee.



SERVICE DOG APPLICATION PROCESS – STEP THREE


After a detailed review of the information in the previous step, our team will make a decision regarding the acceptance of the applicant.

Our team will then create a summary of potential pets for your review and proceed with the purchase of a dog. GoodDogs acquires and holds the dog for you until training begins. At this time, you have the opportunity to meet the dog and begin your bonding process. Our team also uses this time to meet you and the applicant to better assess the situation. This meeting is very helpful for us to make specific changes to the training we will perform with the dog. Once training begins, we require 50% of the total fee for the dog.

The training cycle takes approximately 4-6 months for a service dog. This variation is due to the different levels of training each customized training program demands. Throughout the process, we will continue to work together to obtain additional information to assist us in training the dog. We will also update you frequently on the training and progress being made. Our standard assistance dog includes: on and off-leash obedience training, trailing, repetitive behavior interruption and environmental stability training.

Dogs requiring additional training will increase in price. Please feel free to contact us for more detailed pricing to fit your needs. Most families we work with will raise funds for the cost of the dog through fund raisers and dontations from their community. We would be happy to help guide you and your family to some resources that you can use to help organize fund raising.



SERVICE DOG APPLICATION PROCESS – STEP FOUR


Once the training is complete, you can either come to our facility to pick up the dog (we will want to spend about 5 days working with you) or we can deliver the dog to your home. In home delivery is preferred by a majority of our clients and will require additional costs for our team’s travel. Some of the benefits of in home delivery include:

• Teaching the entire family how to work with the dog in your home where it will live and work.
• Our trainer(s) come to you so that you do not have to travel.
• We are able to work with your family outside the home in restaurants, theaters, stores and other places that you commonly visit.
• Our trainers are able to answer questions and demonstrate techniques to help get the most from your dog while it is transitioning to your home

Upon delivery, the balance of the dog/training cost is due.

The typical cost for a dog is $20,000. This price can increase in the event that you have specific needs from your applicant’s dog that requires intense additional training (this is uncommon). We also offer FREE follow-up training for as long as you own the dog.