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Introduction to Service Dog Skills

Introduction to Service Dog Skills

This course will teach skills and behaviors that are essential for starting service dog training. Our 'Introduction to Service Dog Skills' will begin teaching your dog skills necessary to become a public access service dog.  We will work through basic public access behaviors, and in the last class, our Certified Service Dog Trainer will perform a skills assessment of your dog. Further training and potentially supervised public outings will be available as you continue this journey with your dog!

Why Join the Course:

  • Expert Guidance: Our course instructor Deborah Hunter AS-ADE, CPDT-KA is a dedicated and accomplished professional in the field of canine studies and service dog training. In 2018, she graduated with an Associates Degree in Assistance Dog Education from Bergin University of Canine Studies.

  • Deeper Insights: Learn the fundamentals of Public Access Behavior Training

Cost For Course: $210

Pre-Requisite Course:

Elementary Clicker Training or Intermediate Clicker Training 


How long will it take my dog to be fully trained?

Training your dog is a life-long journey and while specific skills can be taught quickly, we cannot guarantee or determine the amount of training time required to generalize learned skills to all settings and/or circumstances.  The more time put in to training, the more successes you will have.

How will I know if my dog has what it takes to be a service dog?

In the last class of this service dog skills introduction, our trainer will perform an assessment of your dogs skills and provide guidance.

Can anyone sign up for this class / do I need proof of disability? 

The pre-requisites for this class are to have taken our Elementary Clicker class and our Intermediate (CGC) Class, or obtain instructor’s approval.  As we are not certifying Service Dogs as a result of taking this class, no proof of disability is required. 


Waiver required before start of class. Click here to view waiver.

Upcoming Class Schedule

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