Puppy training and socialization for potential service dog candidates
Phone consultations – expert guidance on service dog or emotional support dog selection, understanding the service dog training process, selecting a service dog program, owner-training, developing a training plan for a service dog and much more.
Skilled companion training – training a dog to assist at home only (clients accepted on a limited, space-available basis for this work)
Sorry we are not taking on more clients for public access training at this time, we are happy to provide referrals if we are able.
Why Choose Us?
Expertise and Industry Credentials: I have certifications from several different professional organizations in dog training and behavior consulting in addition to degrees in education an psychology. I have over a decade of experience in service dog training including extensive work with owner-trainers and a service dog program. I have developed educational programs for professional dog trainers on service dog training and have done numerous presentations on service dog training at educational conferences for dog trainers, as well as written on this topic for professional publications.
Personal Experience: I have a progressive neurological disorder. I have trained several of my own dogs to assist me as service dogs and I have competed in Rally Obedience in my wheelchair, earning titles and ribbons on my service dog, Sulu.
High Standards: In this unregulated industry, it can be difficult to distinguish myths from reality. I am committed to ethical training techniques, I encourage collaboration and communication with healthcare professionals and science-based research.
Facts about service dogs
The service dog industry is in crisis. A combination of lack of clear legislation and unscrupulous practices has led to widespread abuse, inappropriate training methods, claims about dog’s abilities that are unsubstantiated by objective research, fraud and unskilled training.
Science-based research is absolutely clear on the behavioral risk of using electronic collars, choke chains and prong collars. We are committed to using methods and training tools consistent with recommendations from Animal-Assisted Intervention International, the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior and the Pet Professional Guild.
“Veronica, thank you for training Opie. You made it easy to train her to be a dual sight and mobility service dog. You have amazing insights into the needs of your clients while taking into full consideration the needs of the dogs. I learned so much from you.”
Vivian Cheung-Spielman, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology)