Service & Therapy
Helping Dogs Help People
Dogpanion trains pet dogs to be a therapy dog, trained emotional support animal, or Service/Assistance Dog.
Assistance (Service) Dogs and Emotional Support Dogs
Dogpanion provides private coaching, information, and emotional support at all stages of the training process, for owner-trained service dogs, skilled companions, emotional support dogs, and dogs who engage in animal-assisted activities and therapy work.
Under the American Disabilities Act, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person's disability.
Dogpanion can train your pet dog to be a mobility assistance dog or an assistance dogs for children on the autism spectrum.
We would love to have the opportunity to help you become a part of a team with the right service dog. Having a working service dog is truly about being a team and working together.
Please take the time to read about our program criteria to see if owning a service dog is right for you and if we are a good fit for each other. Once you have read through the following information and you have an interest in potentially enrolling in our service dog-training program, please contact us.
Dogpanion requires the following criteria to be followed to train and assist in certifying assistance dogs for our clients:
A letter of recommendation to the client directly indicating the need for a trained serviced dog/assistance dog. This letter must come from a licensed medical professional and the letter should also state the medical reasoning for this need.
A 1-hour (minimum) phone consultation is required prior to enrollment to discuss your needs and goals and for our company to explain the process and the program outline.
We must evaluate your dog should you elect to enroll an existing pet that you own. If you don’t have a dog chosen yet, we will assist in the process of acquiring a dog for you that will fit your needs specifically.
Training for service work if your dog is suitable. This process usually takes 1 – 2 years but can take longer.
The dog will need basic obedience training working up to a Canine Good Citizen Title. If they cannot be a good citizen, they will not be a good candidate for a service dog. We offer levels training to get to this point if they need it. Not all dogs will pass but that doesn’t mean we can train your dog to perform tasks in your home.
All assistance dogs must pass Dogpanion's Public Access Test.
Follow up support. Ongoing maintenance training throughout your service dog’s working career.
For more information about Assistant Dog Training and Emotional Support Dog Training, contact us for a free consultation.
Therapy Dog Training
Are you interested in getting your dog certified as a Therapy Pet? Therapy Dogs are dogs who go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes to provide affection and comfort to others.
Dogpanion can train your pet dog to be a therapy dog. We start with a consultation and an evaluation to determine what training is needed. After training is complete and your therapy dog in training passes the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Certification , we will discuss therapy group organizations to join where you can go to assisted living facilities, hospitals, senior centers, to name a few. A therapy dog can be all types of breeds and sizes, and does not need to know any special tricks, but they do need to be under the owners control and have good manners, so note that not all dogs are suited to work as a therapy dogs.
For more information about Therapy Dog Training, contact us for a free consultation.
What you need for the first session:
Proof of vaccination is required at the first session. Please show proof of your first round of vaccines.
Have your puppy wear a flat, buckle/snap collar – no harnesses or training collars that tighten. Please have your pooch on a 6’ leash. “Flexi” leashes are not appropriate for training.
Don’t feed your puppy right before the session. Instead, have their kibble in a ziploc bag for use as lures and rewards while training. Also have a few extra-tasty treats to reward your pup for their best performances. Make sure your treats are in small, bite-sized pieces that won’t fill your pup up or take long for them to eat.
Dogpanion offers Puppy Star and Canine Good Citizen Training and Testing
CGC is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.