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Service Dog Training Classes for Medical Alert Dogs – Diabetic Alert, Seizure Alert, Narcolepsy Alert and Migraine Alert

Student Testimonial: There are so many aspects of having a service dog that I would have never thought about if it wasnt for this class.

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Lisa with her service dog Snowball.

Service Dog Training – Before You Get Your Dog

Good News: Since we want our students to come in with appropriate service dog candidates and know what they are facing when they are choosing to pair with a service dog, the first part of this class was turned into a FREE ebook! You can now read Super Puppy: Service Dog – Life Partner, Life-Changer, Life-Saver How to Find the Right Dog for Service Work for FREE!

For anyone considering getting a service dog or interested family members, this class will focus on:

  • Is a service dog right for me
  • Getting a puppy versus an adult dog
  • How to find a service dog candidate
  • How a service dog will affect family and relationships
  • Should I train my own dog, purchase an already trained dog, or wait for a donation from a training organization
  • Daily time commitment needed to train a service dog
  • The importance of temperament testing
  • Financial costs of service dog ownership
  • The service dog lifestyle
  • Service dogs and employment

Dog Class Registration

The second part of this class is being translated into an ebook. It will be available in November 2012. Please check back then. This class will no longer be taught due to the ebooks.

What students are saying about this class:

  • There are so many aspects of having a service dog that I would have never thought about if it wasnt for this class.
  • This class was impressively effective.
  • This class was money very well spent.
  • Mary has made all the difference.
  • I would recommend this low stress, highly productive class.

Service Dog Training – After You Get Your Dog

For anyone who has started training their dog for service work. You must already be a student of the Service Dog Academy in order to enroll in this class. This class will cover

  • Patches, where to get and how to wear
  • Vest, lifetime or temporary, puppy or adult?
  • Vest etiquette
  • Access to public places, do you have rights?
  • How do approach your work with a service dog in training
  • What rights do you have when you travel
  • What type of paperwork/documentation should you keep with you?
  • Setting boundaries with family and friends regarding the raising of your puppy/service dog
  • Time management
  • Spousal jealousy
  • How to deal with your dog acting up in public
  • How to deal with access challenges
  • How to pick your defining tasks
  • How to keep you and your dog safe
  • Importance of ensuring your dog has another individual it is close to
  • Jealousy issues with the other animals in the household
  • How to deal with the public inquisition
  • Becoming comfortable about talking about your disability
  • How to get under the access radar
  • Confronting the public about their actions
  • Financial saving graces

Add your class to your Google Calendar by visiting our Google Calendar page!

Class Fee: $40 per person

What students are saying about this class:

  • This class gives you real tools on how to deal with every day issues brought about by the service dog lifestyle
Task Training and Adult Access classes: These class are intended for graduates of medical alert work only. If you have not passed through Diabetic Alert 101, yet and would like to train for service work, please refer to our types of service dogs we train page. At this time, we currently are unable to provide training for anything but medical alert dogs.

Service Dog: Adult Access

Service dogs training long distance down stays in our Seattle WA service dog class.
Service dogs training long distance down stays in our Seattle WA service dog class.

Introducing a service dog training program for our Washington state residents in the Puget Sound region! The Service Dog Academy offers two levels of low-cost dog obedience classes to suit your service dog in training: Adult Access and Task Training.

Please note: The Service Dog training classes are for dogs over 6 months of age who have already taken one of OUR basic puppy training or basic adult dog training classes as well as graduated Diabetic Alert 101. If your dog is still a puppy, we recommend our puppy training class where we teach basic obedience utilizing the service dog training techniques that we use on our full-fledged service dogs and get your puppy on the right track toward being a successful service dog in the future!

The Service Dog: Adult Access class is for dogs over 6 months of age who have already taken OUR basic dog training classes and will focus on:

  • rights and responsibilities of a service dog
  • how to deal with authority figures challenging your access rights
  • how to deal with the public inquisition
  • potty training the service dog way (for long airplane travel)
  • greeting the public, or how to say no to petting politely
  • teaching your dog to say no to petting
  • expanding on basic dog obedience commands into real world reliability (ex: teaching stay outside of the classroom)
  • public transit – airplanes, busses, trains: where do you put your dog, how to fit them into small spaces, how to get the best seats
  • greeting other dogs
  • teaching your dog to come back to you when his leash is dropped
  • life skills: using the restroom with a service dog, learning to become one handed, going to a buffet/picnic, elevator or escalator
  • service dog etiquette

Add your class to your Google Calendar by visiting our Google Calendar page!

Class details are as follows:

    • Meets an hour and fifteen minutes a week for 4 weeks
    • meet at our training studio in beautiful West Seattle!
    • classes will have no more than 6 students per session to ensure more individualized instruction (trainer to student ratio of at least 1 to 3)
    • all training to be done using only methods approved by the AHA
    • class fee will be approximately $135
    Class Day Start Date Class Dates Class Time Spots Left Register Here
    Sunday 7/22/2012 7/22/12-8/12/12 5:15 – 6:30 PM
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Class Requirements:

  • You must have a disability as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act and a letter from a medical doctor stating so. Proof will be required during first class session. If proof is not provided you will be dropped from the class.
  • Your dog must have basic obedience skills. In order to keep up with the pace of the class, your dog must have completed our Basic Pet Adult Training class or have paid an evaluation fee of $250 prior to enrollment. See our class policy for more information.
  • A dog and human friendly dog. To ensue safety of all student teams, if your dog shows signs of true aggression it is an immediate grounds for dismissal from the class.
  • The ability to control your own dog or have someone there to help you train the dog.
  • The ability to understand and follow verbal directions spoken in English.

Service Dog: Adult Task Training

Argus a Service Dog Learns to Push A Shopping Cart
Service Dog Argus is learning to push a shopping cart!

Please note: The Service Dog training classes are for dogs over 6 months of age who have already taken one of OUR basic puppy training or basic adult dog training classes as well as graduated Diabetic Alert 101. In this class we will focus on:

  • picking your service dogs defining tasks
  • individualized task training in a classroom and public access environment

Add your class to your Google Calendar by visiting our Google Calendar page!

Class details are as follows:

  • Class meets an hour and fifteen minutes a week for 4 weeks
  • class meets at our training studio in beautiful West Seattle!
  • will have no more than 6 students per session to ensure more individualized instruction
  • all training to be done using only methods approved by AHA
  • class fee is $145
Class Day Start Date Class Dates Class Time Spots Left Register Here
Monday 3/11/2013 3/11/13 – 4/1/13 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
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We are a simple hop skip and a jump off of the West Seattle Bridge and are within a mile of the neighborhoods of South Park, West Seattle, Alki Point, North Admiral, West Seattle, Seaview, Fauntleroy, Arbor Heights, Gatewood, Genesee, Fairmount Park, Delridge, Pigeon Point, Riverview, Highland Park, Roxhill, High Point and White Center And are within 3 miles or less of Magnolia, Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, Montlake, Downtown, Belltown, First Hill, Pioneer Square, International District, Central Waterfront, Madrona, Central District, Leschi, Rainier Valley, Mount Baker, Columbia City, Rainier Beach, Seward Park, Beacon Hill, Industrial District, Sodo, and Georgetown

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