Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! We have multiple levels and teams for play so as long as the trainer feels it is safe for your dog to join, we have many options.

Absolutely!!! We have our regulated play sessions which is dog park style so the clients stay there while their dogs play. The difference between us and the dog park, is we are completely regulated. All of our dogs are temperament tested to place them in the right team play. In addition, all dogs are completely vaccinated and we also have an experienced team member in the play to ensure things don’t get out of hand with rough play. Safety for you, your dog, and our staff is our priority.

We only use agility for confidence building and mental stimulation. We do not use agility for competition. We have a 4 week course that will teach you and your dog how to use the equipment and we also have open agility to allow clients to use the equipment for an hour as they wish.

We do not offer a board and train program as we feel there are a lot of factors that will limit a dog’s ability to learn new things as well as retain what they have learned. Change of sleeping habits, food, and being pulled from their normal routine can all be factors that can cause stress on a dog. We do however have a Canine Results Training Program that will still allow the same training program, however the dog stays in the comfort of their own home. The assigned trainer will work with your dog 1-2 times a day, 4-6 days a week, depending on the program planned out between you and the trainer. We have a 3, 4, or 6 week program. We have sessions with your through out the program to ensure you are aware of where we are with the training which will allow you to be consistent with our efforts.

We have many options for packages, or you also have the ability to purchase the desired training individually as well.

We have many options for packages, or you also have the ability to purchase the desired training individually as well.

We can help minimize and even eliminate most types of behavioral issues from mild to extreme. Each issue is different in nature and from origin which means the plan will vary with each client. A detailed consult will be crucial for the trainer to determine your detailed behavioral modification plan.

You can start as early as 8 weeks after their first round of vaccines. The earlier you start the better so you can address each stage your puppy goes through appropriately. This will help set a good foundation, early routines, and good habits in the household. You will however want to be cautious as your puppy is still not completely vaccinated so keeping them out of high traffic areas is safe. Often times starting early, the safest option is in-home lessons.

Major behavior issues can almost always be addressed, calmed, and even eliminated if the right steps are taken.  The process can be long and sometimes frustrating as there is often no quick fix to many behavioral issues.  The behavioral specialist will need to address your specific situation and come up with a plan outline based on your situation.

Absolutely! Your dog is never too old to learn new things or even take an obedience class. Often times, older dogs are adopted with no training under their belt and people think they cannot be helped. This is simply not the truth and there is hope for you.

Sure can! We have a private lesson program that can address any level of training in your own home, on your own terms. This is great for those who have a changing schedule or would prefer one on one focus catered to their needs vs the structured class.

We offer private group classes which is a closed enrollment program that will only allow enrollment from your invitation. There is a minimum of three dogs enrolled in the class in order to start the training. The class is a five week course and can be held in most any location. This class also allows the class locations to change weekly to help further focus conditioning and public skills.

Therapy dogs generally have many hands touching them, sometimes at the same time. They are companions that provide a level of comfort. They aid in psychological and sometimes physical therapy.

A service dog is one who is trained to provide assistance to a person with a disability. These dogs are the opposite of therapy dogs as they should not be pet (unless approved by the handler). These dogs should be focused on their handler. Petting can potentially distract them from their assigned job.

Service dogs have access in any place needed to allow assistance with a disability. Service dogs require long-term training and should not show fear or aggression in a public place. To know your rights, please visit www.ada.gov.

There are times when this works well, and times it may become a very large obstacle. If your personal dog has behavioral issues that can negatively impose or imprint on your therapy or service dog, it can put a quick halt on your plans. For example, if your service or therapy dog learns to bark from another dog in the household, this can be seen as a nuisance and you can be asked to leave. Training with your other dog could possibly be mandated to continue the program.

The suggested age to begin therapy work with a dog is 1.5 to 2 years. It is highly suggested to start the training as a puppy if possible to help prepare you and the dog. Consistent training will have you ready by that age and potentially sooner. If you start training with a dog as an adult (1-2 years or older), it could take 6 months to 1 year of consistent training. If you change focus on the type of therapy, additional education for you and your dog will potentially be recommended or mandated.

The average recommended age to start service dog work is 1.5-2 years of age. If starting the training process with a younger puppy, they will likely be ready by the time frame recommended. However, keep in mind you will have many phases to work through as they become an adult so it’s crucial to work closely with your trainer to overcome each learning phase. The training process with an adult dog will take 1-3 years, however consistent and continued education will be a must for any service dog at any age. Often the roles of a service dog changes as the life and needs of the handler will vary based on their disability.

It is absolutely recommended to get medical and life/death insurance for the dog. It is crucial that your dog is not only examined often but is on all preventatives recommended by the veterinarian. It is also a must to ensure your dog is completely vaccinated as well. Insurance not only helps cover the basics, but can also help with other potentially serious and expensive issues. There are many pet insurance companies that have multiple plan options to choose from.

If you have, or will have a service dog, oftentimes a life/death insurance policy is recommended. A service dog can be very expensive. Whether you buy a fully trained dog or train your own, it can never be guaranteed that something tragic may not happen. If there is a loss, it can be devastating and financially taxing on a family from getting another service dog. Having this insurance policy can help relieve the financial sting of losing a service dog and allow the new beginnings if desired to help with the disability.

Unfortunately, no. There are many factors that will play a roll into whether a household is a good fit for a dog. For example, there may be a person who lives in the household who is allergic to dogs. The trainers or the handlers in the household may not have enough time for the dog, or there is not a good handle on numbers yet. Having consistent highs or lows can quickly tire or burn out a dog.

Therapy dogs have access to the building in which they work. There are also many pet friendly places. Most medical offices or buildings require certification through their own recommended process and testing. Our detailed program prepares them for the testing and also aids in certification.

Purchasing a pre-trained dog can have multiple factors that could affect the price of the dog. Where you get your dog and if you need to pay for travel for you or your dog will be large factors on the price. The age and level of training of the dog will also influence the cost. There are other potential costs that could be added to the equation as well. There will also be additional training needed after you get the dog. Often times the cost of additional training is included in the package price of the dog however most often the service dogs are purchased out of state which makes the training piece challenging. For purchasing a fully trained adult service dog from a company, the cost could be near $30,000. For many people, this is money well spent if they have a good experienced company they are working with.

All Stage Canine Development has a different approach to training a service dog. We train you to be the trainer and/or handler. We have weekly in-person visits as well as a phone trouble shooting call as needed between visits. There are multiple levels of testing throughout the process which test your dog and you to ensure you are both advancing as needed to reach your desired goals.

The training costs are approximately half (or less) of what you would pay for a trained dog, however you are putting in a lot of time and effort.

Each situation will both have costs of proper care and medical preventative needs. This could cost an average of $50-$150 per month. Recommended insurance and policies could cost $500-$1500 per year.

Absolutely! A service dog is highly leaned on as a tool and companion. You need them at their best all the time. If proper nutrition is not a focus, it can make a drastic impact on your dog’s ability to perform the work needed. Good health starts with the right food and treats. High quality nutrition can eliminate many issues. 70% of a dog’s immune system is in their digestion tract. Make sure you are feeding them a high quality food.

Consistent veterinarian care and prevention is also crucial to keep your dog healthy and prevent potential diseases. The training process takes about 1-3 years. Each year in the program, a required medical sign off will need to be completed by a licensed veterinarian. There are specific veterinarians All Stage Canine Development has partnered with. If you do not have a veterinarian, please partner with us for our preferred veterinarian list.


American Kennel Club


The Association of Professional Dog Trainer


American Veterinary Medical Association


American Veterinary Society of Aminal Behavior


Phone: 916-838-3838
5910 Auburn Blvd. Suite 12
Citrus Heights, CA