I have been training service dogs since 2005. I place fully trained custom service dogs with families all over the United States to fit their needs and lifestyle, and also assist families all over San Luis Obispo county train their own service dogs. I work closely with you to come up with a training plan that both works with your needs and your budget. Fully trained service dogs from most organizations cost between $15,000-$30,000. This price makes receiving a fully trained service dog unattainable for most people. This is why I have come up with a business model that aims to reduce the cost of fully trained service dogs and chosen to help owners train their own service dogs when it is appropriate.
Service dogs must pass the ADI Public Access Test and are task trained to assist an individual with their disability. Individuals who want assistance from Central Coast Dog Services in obtaining a fully trained service dog or helping train their own must have proof of a documented disability. Service dogs are given public access where pets, therapy dogs and emotional support animals are not allowed and have the highest training standard of those groups. Therapy dogs are dogs trained to serve a larger group or community and are only allowed in places that have given permission to the handler and their dog ahead of time. Emotional support animals are allowed to go on airplanes and live in residences that have a "no pets" polity but are not specially trained in any way and do not have public access rights to go into places that aren't pet friendly. If interested in a service dog or therapy dog, please fill out the Service Dog Recipient Application or the Therapy Dog Recipient Application on this page. If you are wanting an ESA or a pet, please visit our Adoptable Dogs page and fill out the application there. Email all applications to email@example.com.
Our biggest goal when placing service dogs with people is making sure that the dog and the individual are a great match. We make sure that the dog is willing and able to help with the disability need, but we also look at lifestyle, activity level, and personality of the dog AND the recipient! Every dog and person is different, and we do our very best to match you with the best dog for you. Because of this, we ask recipients to describe yourself and your life as accurately as possible and understand that we do not let people pick out their dog from our available program dogs. While we train service dogs for a wide variety of disabilities, we do not train service dogs for visual impairments.
If you are wanting a fully trained service dog from me, the first step is to fill out the CCDS Recipient Application in the link further down on this page and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review your application and then schedule a phone interview to get a better sense of your needs and what dog would be best for you. During the phone interview we will also give you a specific quote for the total cost of the service dog, which includes the cost of a CCDS trainer traveling to your hometown for placement. When we have a dog available that has passed its ADI Public Access Test and meets your needs, we will contact you. From there, we require a 50% deposit on the dog before custom training the dog to your needs, as well as our service dog contract signed.
Once matched with a dog, you will be regularly updated on the progress of their training and we will schedule their placement date. The final 50% of the dog's cost is due at the time of placement. A CCDS trainer will travel to your hometown and do training with you and your new service dog for about a week to ensure that everyone is transitioning smoothly and becoming a solid service dog team.
The cost of fully trained service dogs from Central Coast Dog Services is between $6,000-$12,000 based on the type of dog required, the amount of tasks required for the service dog to perform, and travel cost of placing a dog if the placement is not local.
If you are wanting to do the owner training option, the first step of this is to evaluate your pet's temperament, health, and trainability. This helps me to see if they even have the potential to be a service dog. Unfortunately, most pets do not have what it takes to be a service dog. If at any point in the evaluation or training I begin to see red flags in the dog's ability to be a service dog, I communicate this with my client. If your pet does not have what it takes, or you do not already have a dog, I can be hired to help find a service dog candidate.
While this method is significantly more affordable for families, please understand that it is a great deal of work to raise and train your own service dog! Do not choose the owner-training method unless you are willing to take on this level of commitment. This option is only available if you are in San Luis Obispo County or are willing to travel here for training. Below are the outlined steps if you decide to owner-train your own service dog through us.
Owner training with us ranges in cost from $1,000-$5,000 depending on how much training time is needed and how much training Central Coast Dog Services does vs. the owner. Below are the outlined steps if you decide you want the owner training option. If you are also needing help finding a service dog candidate, please fill out our Service Dog Recipient Application.
Finding the right dog for the job is essential! Whether I am evaluating your pet or searching for a service dog candidate, here are the things that I look for:
* Confident & well socialized
* Enjoys having a job and problem solving
* Is people oriented
* Is treat, toy, or praise motivated
Please understand that while I do my best to evaluate a potential service dog, I cannot 100% guarantee that the dogs I select will all have what it takes to become service dogs. Health, behavior and temperament issues may arise later that are out of my control.
Most of my service dog clients have me take their dog at the beginning of the training process to expedite the dog's knowledge of basic service dog commands and etiquette. This step is sometimes necessary for individuals who have a lifestyle or disability that makes living with and training their dog difficult until the dog has a solid foundation of training already established. Generally clients board their new service dog in training with me for a minimum of one week, but I will take dogs for a maximum of four months in special situations. While staying with me, the service dogs in training practice skills in public settings, get plenty of exercise, and owners receive daily photo or video updates.
Training a service dog is a lot of time and energy. Once a dog learns all of their basic commands and service dog etiquette, they then must practice these skills in a wide variety of distracting environments. I work closely with owners to teach them how to handle their new service dog in training and how to continue expanding upon the training I've already done. It is the job of the owners to take their service dogs in training on as many public outings as possible and to reinforce the training for the service dog training to be successful. I cannot make the dog listen to you if you do not make the dog listen to you after I leave.
All service dogs are required to pass the Assistance Dogs International Public Access Test and also be specifically trained to perform tasks that aid in a person's disability to be legally considered a fully trained service dog. Once a dog has passed the ADI Public Access Test, the dog is then taught the advanced task commands. Tasks can include opening doors, retrieving objects, interrupting anxiety and self-harming, giving deep pressure, detecting blood sugar changes in diabetic individuals, sniffing out allergens, and much more. Many of my clients board and train the dog with me for task training.
$50 for evaluation in a public setting
$100 per week of searching (capped at $500) plus the adoption/rehoming fee of the dog. Additional charges will apply if I am traveling over one hour to see a dog.
$50 for one hour of training with you and your dog in public settings
$70 per day for the dog to receive training while living with me. This includes a minimum of one hour of exercise per day as well.
PLEASE NOTE: Owners are still financially responsible for covering the cost of veterinary care, food, and supplies of their dog while the dog is living with me. This does NOT apply for people getting fully trained program dogs from me, since this is covered by the flat fee of the service dog.
Clifford is a fully trained mobility assistance service dog living in Willoughby, Ohio. Clifford's tasks include picking up dropped objects, opening handicap doors, pushing crosswalk buttons, walking next to wheelchairs and crutches, and picking up Anna's crutches when she drops them. He was placed in July, 2020.
Odin is a fully trained peanut allergy detection service dog living in Grants Pass, Oregon. Odin's owner is severely allergic to peanuts, so Odin searches rooms and public spaces for any trace of peanuts to keep David safe and out of the hospital. Odin graduated as a fully trained service dog in August, 2017.
Daisy is a fully trained psychiatric and medical response service dog living in Wasilla, Alaska. Daisy's owner has severe anxiety resulting in panic attacks and fainting. Daisy is trained to interrupt signs of anxiety to prevent panic attacks, and to give her owner deep pressure therapy if she faints. She was placed in January, 2020.
Casper is a fully trained Special Ed Classroom Therapy Dog at Swanson Elementary in Palmer, Alaska. Casper makes the kids feel calmer, gives deep pressure therapy when students are overwhelmed, and helps students stay safe during transitions by keeping them from running off. This lovable Golden Retriever is living his best life!
Note: Casper was originally training to be a psychiatric service dog, which is why in some of the video clips his vest says service dog instead of therapy dog.
Lucy is being trained as a mobility assistance and psychiatric service dog for Elise. Lucy is learning to open doors, pick up dropped objects, provide balance assistance as needed, block people from getting too close to Elise and give her deep pressure therapy when her legs experience tremors. These two are working so hard as a team! Below is a link to Elise's GoFundMe account: