Service Dog Training

The service dog curriculum consists of a mandatory $50 evaluation, a six week service dog base obedience class, a 12 week service dog task class, and a six week public access class. Once the dog and individual successfully complete all of these classes they receive a certificate of completion and a legal badge for an assistance dog.

We allow up to two handlers per dog in our classes.

Updated shots and a negative fecal test that is at least 6 months recent is required at registration. Any dogs one year and older must have a current DHPP vaccine and rabies vaccine.

SmartyPaws dog training accreditations and affiliations

Six week course, weekly class

This class focuses on the foundation your dog will need to become a successful service dog as well as strengthening obedience skills and introducing new skills. Evaluations are required before sign up.

12 week course, weekly class

This is a 12 week class to train you and your dog to start and complete tasks that are required for an assistance dog. Tasks include (but are not limited to) mobility, medical alert, seizure response, TBI, hearing alert, and more.

Six week course, weekly class

Classes will be held in various locations where you and your dog will be required to work together in various public situations. Emphasis will be on learning etiquette and familiarizing you and your dog with what to expect in all situations. A certificate and badge will be issued on completion of the public access test.

Five week course, weekly class

A training curriculum designed to teach you and your dog the skills necessary to take the Therapy Dog Incorporated evaluation exam. This is a five week session. The final week includes the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test.