We have established an owner-trained assistance dog training program that is offered to those wishing to train their own Assistance Dog under the supervision of a certified assistance dog trainer. The dog must be at least one year of age, have passed the Canine Good Citizen Test, been altered and current on all vaccinations before K9s 4 Mobility will considered an evaluation for possible training. Once accepted into the owner-trained program, the person must be willing to travel to K9s 4 Mobility's training facility multiple times before certification of the team. The owner of the dog will be doing all of the training. The dog cannot reside at K9s 4 Mobility but will continue to live with the owner. The owner will keep records of all training for a minimum of 120 hours with 30 of those hours occurring in public. The dog must be trained to perform at least three skill tasks that directly mitigate the owner's physical disability. This program is not a quick certification but at least a 6 month commitment of training and evaluations before certification can be completed.
K9s 4 Mobility can not provide any certification or letter of recommendation for traveling internationally unless the owner and dog have completed the entire owner trained program.
K9s 4 Mobility, Inc. is proud to offer training and support to any assistance dog team, regardless of the organization the dog was trained by. This training is offered in the increments that are needed and does not include certification of the team.
Pictured is owner trained Service Dog Katie tugging off her partner Anne's socks while they are waiting at the pharmacy.