Therapy & Service Dog Training

Therapy & Service Training

All Stage Canine Development provides an in-depth, intense training program for people and their canine companions. This program will assist in the training and certification for therapy and service dogs. The detailed design of each step in the program is to teach you to be the handler and trainer of your therapy or service dog.

Through additional screening and evaluating such as obedience training and testing, public access training and testing, and even scent training for Diabetic Alert Dogs, we work to eliminate at each step the possibility that the dog may not be right for your situation.

Our philosophy at All Stage Canine Development is simple and positive. Both therapy and service dogs have much different roles however they are both life changing companions.

Therapy Dog Training

A detailed and multistep catered program that will prepare the client and the dog for the desired therapy work chosen.

Service Dog Training

All Stage Canine Development works with you and provides a multi level and intense service dog training program.

Therapy & Service Dog Training Basics

Temperament Testing

Only a small percentage of dogs have a great temperament for therapy. An even smaller population of dogs can serve as a true service dog and be an assistance to someone with a recognized disability. Extremely detailed temperament testing can be a great first step to determining if one might be a good candidate. The temperament testing provides a detailed first tool to determine if the dog could potentially be a match for what you are needing them for.

It is crucial to have detailed testing, evaluating, and veterinary exams done on the dog to see if they could be a potential fit for you and your family. In addition, there will need to be an in depth session with you and the trainer to determine your specific situation and what you will need from your dog. This will require detail questions about your disability and needs if you are looking to train a service dog. All of this combined information will further help pair you with the best fit companion for you.

If you do not currently have a dog in possession, but you would like to find one we can also assist in temperament testing on dogs that are not under your ownership as long as it is approved by the shelter, breeder, or foster home.

Health Screening

Following the first tool of temperament testing will need to be followed by a health screening by a licensed veterinarian. This is second in line for tools used to help us determine that the dog is in good health and has no potential illnesses that could prevent them from performing a job.
There are desired breeds for specific jobs however we are firmbelievers in second chances for pets and families. Not many families can afford upwards of $30,000 it can take to get a trained service dog. In addition, not many shelter or family pets for that matter have the potential to be involved in a life changing opportunity for everyone involved.

Program Completion

Completing our program for therapy training can take 1-2 years and service training can take 1-3 years. It can be very challenging for you as a person, and sometimes after detailed tests or working the dog at a young age, they often are not a good fit for your specific needs (even though they may be perfect for another situation or home).

Through additional screening and evaluating such as obedience training and testing, public access training and testing, and even scent training for Diabetic Alert Dogs, we work to eliminate at each step the possibility that the dog may not be right for your situation.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy at All Stage Canine Development is simple and positive. Both therapy and service dogs have much different roles however they are both life changing companions. Positive reinforcement is a must during the training period, especially when dealing with service dogs. In order to optimize the training, program to its highest potential, our plans differ with each dog enrolled in one of our programs. Using only one method for training only puts limits on the dogs since they all learn differently. We cater our program around the dog?s temperament, strengths, and drives. This will allow the companion in training to learn more and at a faster pace. In addition to the program built around the dog, we also build the program around the handler/trainer and their home. Each person has different desired outcomes, learning styles, and challenges.

Though simple, our program will indeed be very different in each household.

Contact Us
Phone: 916-838-3838
Email: ascd@allstagecaninedevelopment.com
5910 Auburn Blvd. Suite 12
Citrus Heights, CA