- First, you must send a request for application form.
- When we receive your application request form, we will review it and if you meet our eligibility guidelines, we will contact you and schedule an interview.
- During your personal interview, at least two Lead Dog Service Dog Program representatives, as well as one of our demonstration dogs will meet with you. During the interview, you must interact positively with the dog, explain how the dog might help with your independence, and demonstrate your ability to cover the daily expenses for the dog, which include food, vet bills, and any replacement equipment.
- You will then be scheduled for a home visit.
- After the home visit our selection committee will review your application, interview, and home visit to determine if you are eligible to receive a service dog. Once you are formally approved, we will begin the process of finding a match for you with our breeders.
- At this point, if a puppy raiser is to be utilized either through our ‘Pack’ program or Warriors Helping Warriors program the dog is placed with them to begin the first stage of the training that can last up to a year.
- Approximately six weeks before the first stage of training is completed you will be contacted to begin team training.
- The transition phase of the training begins with you and the dog followed by specialized training to meet your disability.
- Upon successful completion of the certification testing you will sign a contract for the dog to include annual recertification.
The goal of any Lead Dog Service Dog is to enhance the individual’s life and provide further independence. In order to be eligible for a Lead Dog Service Dog you must meet certain requirements.
- You must provide a stable home environment and be able to meet the emotional, physical, and financial needs of the service dog. Individuals will need a good support system in place for the care of their service dog.
- You must be mature enough and possess sufficient cognitive functioning to actively participate in the training and learning process during the final training of the service dog.
- You must be actively pursuing the goal of living independently and seeking to improve the quality of your life through the assistance of a service dog.
- There must be the reasonable expectation that your medical situation will enable you to work with the dog for several years.
- All applicants will be considered regardless of race, sex, religion, creed, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, or age.
- Pet dogs must be able to socialize well with other dogs, and they must be spayed or neutered prior to placement of a service dog in your home.
- Both legal parents/guardians must be agreeable to having a service dog for the child.
- Children must be at least 5 years old at the time of application.