Service Dog Training

in NH, ME & VT

Our Service Dog Training Promise
Purchasing or training a service dog is an enjoyable experience with College for Pets. We work closely with you from start to finish to make sure that you and your new partner kindle the best relationship possible.

MIKE ROBERTSON, OWNER

Choose from 3 options
Purchase a Custom Trained Service Dog

We provide a dog specifically selected for you, and trained to provide assistance skills customized to your individual needs.

  • Skills training specific to your needs
  • Basic Obedience & Canine Good Citizen training
  • Public Access Training
  • Personal guidance for the life of the dog
  • Replacement Guarantee (See Details Below)
  • Certified Hip Testing
  • Vest, harness and badge
  • Transition training for two years
  • Continuing education lessons
Cost: $14,000

Financing is Available

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Using our proprietary training format, we work with specially selected dogs to assure they are well behaved and attentive in a dizzying number of scenarios and settings. Each dog will have a solid foundation in basic obedience skills along with our set of standard service dog skills.

Our Guarantee: If within 6 months of completing the training, the dog you are provided isn’t a good fit for your situation we will provide a replacement dog at no charge and refund any grooming fees, pet food costs, toy costs, etc that you have incurred.

Please look at our Frequently Asked Questions section on this page, then view our full purchase program details and finally complete the application form found here. Once we have approved your application, we will be in touch to schedule a time to meet and discuss your specific needs. Please be aware of our current lengthy wait time of more than 6 months.

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Train Your Adult Service Dog

For the dog you own, that is over one year old, and has some basic obedience training.

  • 8 private training lessons
  • Personal support for life
  • Public Access Training
  • Vest, harness and badge
  • Additional lessons at a 50% discount
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Training an adult dog for service dog work is not only possible, but in some ways easier than training a puppy. An adult dog has already had months of experience with “learning how to learn.”

This program is designed for dogs over one year old that have had some basic obedience training. The 8 private lessons allow for laser focused training on the specific assistance skills you need. If additional training time is needed, sessions are discounted 50%.

Your service dog must be able to be reliable and focused in public therefore “Public Access Skills” training is part of this program. Lifetime support, a vest, harness, leash and badge are included.

Train Your Service Dog Puppy

A complete program that will assure your 8-17 week old puppy is well socialized, well adjusted and eager to learn.

  • Group Puppy Preschool Class
  • Basic Obedience & Canine Good Citizen Class
  • 10 Private training lessons
  • Public Access Training
  • Age appropriate learning toys
  • Vest, harness and badge
  • Additional lessons at a 50% discount
Cost: $1,700

Financing is Available

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The ideal service dog scenario is to raise your puppy from 8 weeks through adulthood. This option is a complete program that will assure your puppy is well socialized, well adjusted and eager to learn. We combine early group Puppy Preschool and Basic Obedience/CGC training classes with 10 focused private training lessons. If additional training is needed beyond what is included, those lessons are 50% off.

Age appropriate interactive toys are included as a way to hone your puppies problem solving abilities. A vest, harness, leash and badges are included.

Guarantee for Purchased Custom Trained Service Dogs
If within 6 months after completing their training, you do not feel you and your dog are a good fit, we will provide a replacement service dog at no charge and refund any grooming fees or pet food costs you have incurred.

MIKE ROBERTSON, OWNER

What Owners Have to Say

I absolutely loved the service dog training that Hank and I completed with Mike. Mike is very knowledgeable and you can tell he knows how to train animals. Sometimes one way of teaching Hank a task did not work and Mike could give an alternative method that worked. He also made sure that I understood what Hank and I needed to work on, which helped us to be successful.

Jen Laudenbach and “Hank” Military Veteran Service Dog

Every step I was included in and informed and any questions or concerns I had through out the whole process he answered and helped with. But training not done when you go home. He would give me worksheets explaining what we did that day and give me some homework to do with my dog at home till next training session. In-between training sessions he would check in and see how things are going. Sometimes he asks for you to video training at home and may give suggestions on what might help. To me that just goes to show that he does everything he can to help and genuinely cares and wants to help. He helps, makes it fun, and easy to get along with which for me made it better and felt like could trust him with helping me with my dog.

Alyssa & Kato

Mike is great! He is very flexible about schedules, when need be. He is patience with both the pet and the pet parent. His gentle way of training is far more effective than the yelling and popping on the nose that I learned growing up with dogs. Piper and I learned a ton from Mike, and the play groups were important for Piper to feel comfortable with dogs outside of her own ``pack``.

Ivy Page and “Piper” Service Dog

Service Dog Training Questions & Answers
Is my dog suitable for service work?

Working service dogs need to possess these five characteristics:

  • Zero aggression towards people or animals.
  • Zero fear or anxiety in new situations and around new people or animals
  • A high tolerance for noise and commotion.
  • A motivation to learn and serve.
  • Be the appropriate size for the tasks. This is critical for mobility work.

Bear in mind that even if the dog doesn’t possess all five of these characteristics, they still may be able to provide assistance. If the disqualifying factors are not able to be changed with training, the dog would not be suitable for public access, but may be able to learn home assistance skills.

What are some tasks a trained service dog can do for me?

There are literally hundreds of jobs that a dog can be trained to perform. Here are the most common tasks that we include in our training.

  • Pick up a specific object and bring it to the handler
  • Remind the handler to take pills
  • Lay on the handler to provide touch comfort
  • Help with balance and stability
  • Recognize anxiety and distract the handler
  • Alert the handler to alarms, doorbell, knocking, sirens, etc
  • Turn the lights on and off
Which disabilities do you provide training for?
We provide training for the following conditions:
  • Mobility Support
  • P.T.S.D.
  • Psychiatric Support
  • Seizure Response
  • Reading Assistance
  • Hearing Disability
  • Stress & Anxiety Conditions
We do not currently train for the following:
  • Guide Dogs for the blind
  • Seizure Alerting
  • Childhood Autism
  • Allergen Alerting
  • Epilepsy Alerting
How long does it take to train a dog to be a service dog?

The length of time needed to complete your training varies widely based on the skills you need, the current skill level of your dog and your availability to train. Plan on a minimum of 8 months of private “classroom” training followed by a year or more of working those skills during your daily life.

Do you offer a payment plan?

We provide financing though PayPal Credit. Many customers get approved for the full cost of training with the benefit of No Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 months.

You can apply for pre-approval here: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/paypal-credit

Other options for raising the money needed for training are fundraising, crowd sourcing (gofundme, etc) or applying for grants. We also accept all major credit cards.

I am interested - what is the next step?

Congratulations on making the first move in your journey to increased freedom! The next step is to answer a few short questions that will help us prepare the best program outline for you. Once you’ve submitted the answers and we have had a chance to review it, we will get in touch to schedule a time to meet you and your dog.

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