Training your own service dog starts with 1). understanding the laws regarding service dogs, 2). assessing your dog's temperament and suitability for performing as a service dog and 3). understanding the time and financial resources needed to train your dog to be unobtrusive and well mannered in public, as well as to perform at least three tasks to mitigate your disability.
Please note: Training your own service dog will require approximately 6 - 18 months of training. Austin Dog Alliance will not certify students under 13 years of age as the service dog handler.
To provide you with enough information to make a decision regarding next steps in training your own service dog, Austin Dog Alliance provides a quarterly seminar on How to Train Your Own Service Dog. This seminar is given by a senior member of our service dog training and placement team.
If you are anxious to get started, consider signing up for a dog manners or puppy manners course to teach your dog basic skills. If your dog has already mastered basic skills, an Out and About - Teaching Your to Work in Public or Dog Manners 2 or Canine Good Citizen class is a good place to start.