Our service dog program gives greater freedom to those with a wide range of disabilities. We train several types of service dogs, such as:
- Autism Assistance
- Psychiatric Disabilities/PTSD
- Medical assistance/response
How do I apply for a service dog?
Please review our list of requirements, which can be found below, and ensure that you are eligible. The next step is contacting us directly for an application.
How long does the process typically take?
Our wait-list is generally two years, but can be more or less than that.
Service Dog Client Eligibility Requirements
• Must be 18 years or older to apply for a service dog unless you are applying for an Autism Assistance Dog in which the adult is the main handler.
• Must live in the general Delaware/Maryland/Virginia area unless other arrangements are made
• Must be able to provide documentation of disability/condition from appropriate doctors
• Must be able to provide a safe environment for the dog
• Must be able to care for the dog’s needs which includes but is not limited to daily exercise, food, supplies, veterinary care
• If another dog resides in the home, they must pass a temperament test to indicate they are suitable to be with the dog
• Must have a stable living situation
• Must have explored any potential conflicts with employment/housing (landlord/employer must be okay with service dog joining you)
• Must have reasonable expectations for service dog’s capabilities including behavior and task work skills
• Must be able to attend a Team Training at our facility in Jessup, MD at the end of the dog’s training process which includes transportation, food, lodging, etc.
• Must have back up care for the dog in case of emergency (hospitalization, etc)
• Must be willing to continue training for the entirety of the dog’s working career as instructed by Premier Dog Training
• Must keep Premier Dog Training updated on any changes occurring post-application process
• Must treat the dog with love and care!
Service Dog Owner Training Program
The Owner Training Program was developed to help handlers raise and train their own service dogs.
At this time, we are not taking on any new Owner Training teams.
Service Dog FAQ: (excerpts from ADA service dog handbook)
What are service animals?
Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
Where can my service dog go?
Under the ADA, State and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go.
Do I need to show certification or ID that proves my service dog is real?
No. Legally, staff may ask two questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.
Don’t be fooled by online scams! Have you seen ads claiming to certify your dog for a mere price of $200? Do they offer a starter set of a vest, certification, ID, and registration number after you pay a fee? Don’t fall for these online scams! These websites are selling illegitimate “certification” that in no way makes your dog a service dog – they do not ask for proof of training, proof of disability, and make it easy for those looking to cheat the system to register their pet as a “service dog.” It is harmful to real, working service dog teams to fake a service dog.
PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT TRAIN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS OR THERAPY DOGS. Please reference the informative chart below if you are unsure of the differences. Thank you!
I want to register my dog as a therapy dog or ESA. Do I have the same rights as a service dog?
Yes and no. Please refer to the Venn diagram to distinguish differences between a Service Dog, Therapy Dog, and ESA.
|Service Dog||Therapy Dog||Emotional Support Animal|
|Works for one person||✓||X||✓|
|Public access to non-pet friendly public places||✓||X||X|
|Specifically trained tasks (comfort/presence does not apply) to aid handler||✓||X||X|
|Access to no-pet housing||✓||X||✓|
For more information, please view these links provided below:
- (ADA FAQ, updated 2015) https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html
- (Service dog laws by state) http://servicedogcentral.org/content/node/51