“in conjunction with General Service Dog Training”
This is for owners who wish to use their personal dog as a General Service Dog.
Dogs who have undergone this specialized training are allowed access to all public places. General Service Dog training takes on average of 4 to 6 months.
Conditions include, but are not limited to: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Autistic Assistance, Balance Assist...
The tasks these dogs are trained for include, but not limited to: • Interrupt dissociation • Interrupt flashback • Interrupt freezing behavior • Interrupt harmful behaviors • Interrupt panic/anxiety attack • Interrupt repetitive behaviors • Balance Support & help prevent falling NOTE:This program is not intended for owners who just want to take their dog everywhere with them.
There are certain criteria both dog and owner must meet before the dog can become a Service Dog student.
• The dog must be a minimum of five (5) to five a half (5 ) months of age. There is no maximum age.
• NO weight limit or restrictions for Service Dogs in Training.
• No dog will be enrolled that is extremely aggressive or hyperactive.
• The owner must be willing to part with the dog for several months.
Licensed Working Service Dogs are legally allowed to accompany the owner in all public areas.
NOTE: Before JCM's can accept a dog into our Service Dog Training program, the owner must provide us with documentation from a “licensed Medical Doctor," who has certified, in writing, that a Service Dog is necessary to the physical and or mental well-being of his patient.”
AGE OF OWNER: To be eligible for a Service Dog, an individual must be at least 12 years of age. EXCEPTIONS: The parents of a child of any age can have their dog trained and licensed, but ONLY to alert to an in-home medical device, ie. (breathing monitor) etc.
How the Service Dog Training Program works: The dog undergoes the same training under the Board and Train format. This consists of the dog staying at the instructor’s facility for a minimum of four (4) to six (6) months, or longer. This time frame is based on the age, breed, and trainability of the dog. There he/she will learn house manners, spend time in our indoor / outdoor runs, and in our Luxury Suites. The dog would also attend several of our group classes. While in the group setting the dog would be worked by either myself, one of the advanced students, or both. Additionally, the dog would be worked and trained in stores, shops, restaurants, on busses, elevators, escalators, and all other public places.The dog would wear an "in training" identification vest.
Upon completion of the program, owners receive a Graduation Certificate, and a Working Service Dog Certificate. This certificate validates that the dog has successfully completed, and mastered all of the commands necessary for appropriate behavior in public places, and provide the support for which he was trained. Graduates also receive a Working Service Dog vest with patches, and ID cards. The follow up will begin at that time.
The follow up: The follow up is a series of private lessons conducted at your home, (travel time permitting), at our facility, group sessions, and in public places. The lessons are designed to teach the owner what the dog has already learned, and how to achieve the same results. First, there will be a demonstration of all of the exercises the dog has mastered. The owner will then be shown how to start working with the dog. During this period, a great deal of time and effort is needed to learn and maintain the proper level of obedience expected from your dog. Sessions should be scheduled frequently within the first 2 weeks of the dog’s return. After that, additional follow ups to be scheduled as needed. To keep your dog in top working form, it is important the dog be trained everyday for several weeks. Then about 3 to 4 times a week to maintain training. It is the owners responsibility to schedule follow up sessions.
Lifetime follow ups: There is no charge for follow ups conducted at the instructor’s facility, private lessons, public places, or at any of our group class locations for the life of the dog. *NOTE:Our in-home follow ups (at the owner's home) must be no more than 45 minutes travel time, each way, from our facility in Covington. We cannot provide any in-home visits if your home is located outside of our maximum allowed travel time. All follow ups would have to be arranged to either, meet at our facility, group class, or public location within this travel time.
To enroll your dog in the Board &Train / Service Dog Program you must:
• Complete and sign our boarding application contract. • Sign a copy of this Board & Train / Service Dog contract, and a separate Service Dog form. • Provide a copy of the dogs shot record for our files - including DH(A²)LPP, Bordatella, and Rabies (NO TAGS). • Provide a minimum 6 month supply of heartworm, intestinal parasite medication, and flea medication.
Any unused medication will be returned.
Your dog is guaranteed to perform the following commands, both on and off leash, upon his/her return:
•Heel:The dog’s neck is even with the owners left leg on a loose leash, while walking, turning, & stopping. The dog sits automatically when the owner stops. •Sit stay:The dog sits on command. The owner walks some distance away. The dog stays until the owner returns and gives the release. •Down Stay:The dog downs on command, from the side or from in front. The owner walks away. The dog stays until the owner returns & gives the release. •Drop in Motion:The dog is taught to down whilst heeling. If the dog is running off, he will stop, drop, wait, then come back on command. • Stand for Exam:The dog stands on command then stays in a standing position until the owner returns and gives the release. •Figure 8:Teaches the dog to ignore distractions and change pace. •Recall:The dog comes when called, then sits in front of the owner, every time. •Finish:The dog returns to heel position from right to left. •Heel from a standstill:On command, the dog positions himself next to the owners left leg without the owner moving. •Move it in:The dog adjusts himself to the owners body position. •Heel in reverse:As the owner walks backwards, the dog stays in heel position.
In home behavior problems, such as jumping, chewing, digging, play biting, housebreaking, charging the door, running out the door, running in the street, not coming when called, etc. are worked on but not guaranteed upon the return of the dog. The only way these, and other behavior problems can be cured, is to show the owner the correct way to address the issues in the dogs comfort zone, and his home environment. The owner is taught the correct way to address these unwanted behaviors within the follow-up period.
The dog will undergo an evaluation period of 5 to 7 days. If, at any time within that period, the dog is deemed either un-trainable, or not a Service Dog candidate, there will be a full refund minus a training / evaluation fee of $38.00 per day. However, at that time, the owner can request that the dog stay and be trained as a Board & Train ONLY. If the dog qualifies, then a refund would be given minus the Board & Train fee.
Payment: Payment in full is required BEFORE the dog will be taken in for training. There is no discount for 2 dogs from the same household.
GENERAL SERVICE DOG TRAINING FEE: TOTAL COST: $7,800.00 The above fee is all inclusive with our General Service Dog training program.
Additional fees, based on added services, can total up to $9,500.00. These services include, but not limited to: retrieving items, turning lights on & off, opening & closing doors, alerting others to provide assistance, etc.
***General Service Dog training & Emotional Support Dog training, (with documentation from a Medical Doctor of a certified medical condition) will have full access to all public places.*** *** Service Dog Training fee includes Board & Train, Food, Grooming, & Unlimited Lifetime Follow Ups.***
THE DOLLAR AMOUNT MUST BE PRE - PAID IN FULL. We accept credit cards, money orders, and cash. No checks please.
Policies: *No more than 2 dogs will be trained at any one time.
*The owner must be sure that he can part with his/her dog for as long as, in some cases, up to 6 months or more. In return for the wait, you will get a beautifully trained, well mannered, fully licensed Working Service Dog.
*It is recommended that the owner not visit the dog for the duration of the program, since this can cause emotional
upset and distress for the dog. This will only prolong the program.
*If the owner is not able to take the dog on the scheduled return date, i.e. out of town, illness, yard repair, etc...
a boarding fee of $38.00 per night will apply from that date until the dog is returned.
*If the owner cannot be reached upon completion of the program, it will be assumed that the dog has been abandoned.
The dog will be sold or impounded 10 days after the first attempt of written notification.
*If the owner wishes the dog returned before the program is completed, the dog will be promptly returned with no follow up, no guarantee, and no refund.
Medication: A 6 month supply of Flea and tick medication must be provided at time of drop off. If not enough is provided, JCM’s will administer Comfortis or Nexgard. This will be at either the owner’s expense, or replacement of product. The cost of this product will be determined by the dog’s weight.
The dog will receive a bath and or groom, as needed, during his stay and upon his return, at no charge. However, dogs with long, thick, and high maintenance coats must have a short utility clip or puppy clip at time of drop off.
If not, owner is responsible for the cost of the first groom. We would then maintain any subsequent groomings at no charge.
Food: The owner would be required to bring a bag of the dog’s regular food upon drop off. Additional food would be included, at no charge, for the remainder of the program.
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