Service Dog Training

Service Dog Training

Service dogs are selected, trained and tested to perform specific tasks that mitigate a person’s disability. Service dogs are working animals. They are not pets. A service dog increases a person’s independence, safety, and improves the quality of life for people with disabilities.

A well-trained service dog can help people with:

  • mobility issues such as arthritis, spinal injuries, MS or stroke
  • medical problems such as seizures, chronic vertigo and diabetes
  • patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression who have task specific needs.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), privately owned businesses that serve the public are required to allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals onto business premises in whatever areas customers are generally allowed.

To be eligible for a service dog, you must have a qualifying disability with a written recommendation for a service dog by your treating physician or mental health professional. 

Muttschool customizes a service dog’s training to meet your needs specifically. We provide different options to train dogs for mobility assistance, hearing, medical or psychiatric needs:

  • Supervised owner training: Under the instruction and supervision of our certified trainers, you will work with your own service dog from the beginning. We want you to be involved in training your own  dog because this produces a stronger bond between you and the dog. It also gives you the skills to train additional tasks or to catch problem behaviors before they arise.
  • Fully-trained service dogs: If for any reason you are unable to train your own dog, MuttSchool instructors will do the training for you. We will always encourage you to participate in training sessions.

The requirements for training a service dog differ greatly depending on the tasks the dog needs to perform. If you are interested in a service dog, we would recommend that you set up a consultation with one of our certified instructors to discuss service dog training and your level of participation.

Please note: If you have a dog already and you think it has the potential to become a service dog, one of our service dog instructors would be happy to assess the dog’s potential. Not every dog has the qualities to make a good service dog and handle the tasks required. We would also be happy to help match you with the right dog for the tasks. 

LEVELS 1-5 BUNDLE
$100 off regular price

$700

Purchase all 5 levels together and receive $100 off (normally $800). Because training requires consistency to make progress, credits must be used within 1 year of purchase. No refunds on unused credits.

In-home evaluation

$90

During each evaluation, a MuttSchool instructor will visit your home to observe your dog first hand. Together we will devise a training plan that meets your dog's training needs. At the end of your evaluation, you will have a plan and some exercises to immediately begin working on. Sign up now for an evaluation to put you on the road to a well-behaved dog.

Service Dog Orientation
Group Class

$200
Do you have a disability that could be mitigated by having a service dog? If so, this class is for you.
Learn about MuttSchool's service dog training options: supervised owner training, full-service training and our board and train program. Find out more about tasks that your dog could be trained to do to assist you. In this class we will evaluate your dog to see if it has service dog potential and put you on the right path for fulfilling the necessary training.

Please Note: By the first day of class, you will need a letter from a medical or mental health professional recommending that a service dog would help mitigate your disability. Please bring it along with a copy of your dog's vaccinations and health records.

Kansas service dog accommodation laws:

39-1108. Use of service dog by person with disability.
“Every person with a disability shall have the right to be accompanied by a service dog, specially selected, trained and tested for the purpose which shall include, but not be limited to, pulling a wheelchair, opening doors and picking up objects, in or upon any of the places listed in K.S.A. 39-1101, and amendments thereto, in the acquisition and use of rental, residential housing and in the purchase and use of residential housing without being required to pay an extra charge for the service dog. Such person shall be liable for any damage done to the premises by such dog.”

39-1109. Use of assistance dog while training.
“Any professional trainer, from a recognized training center, of an assistance dog, while engaged in the training of such dog, shall have the right to be accompanied by such dog in or upon any of the places listed in K.S.A. 39-1101, and amendments thereto, without being required to pay an extra charge for such dog. Such trainer shall be liable for any damage done to the premises of facilities by such dog.”

39-1113. Assistance dogs and professional therapy dogs; definitions.
The presence of a dog for comfort, protection or personal defense does not qualify a dog as being trained to mitigate an individual’s disability and therefor does not qualify the dog as an assistance dog covered under the provisions of this act.

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