Preparing a dog to work as a service dog takes typically 2 years and ongoing maintenance training throughout the dog’s working career. A wide range of services can be incorporated to train a service dog: from private lessons to group classes, board and train and day training. Many times owner-trainers seek help when their dogs are still puppies, so even puppy training classes can be incorporated! Service dog training clients are often very committed to their goals. It is a wonderful opportunity to work with committed, long-term clients and change lives!
Being skilled in training service dogs helps grow your pet dog training business too! Seniors, people with chronic illnesses or people who have a family member with a disability are drawn to trainers who can demonstrate experience training service dogs. Expertise in service dog training also brings in owners who want their puppy or dog to be “as well behaved as a service dog.”