Applying For A Canine Assistants Service Dog – FAQs
General Information about Our Application Process:
- Children and adults across the country are welcome to apply.
- Once we receive your application, we will contact you within a few months to discuss your application and conduct an interview. If it is determined that one of our dogs would be of benefit to you, you will then be placed on our waiting list.
- Our waiting list is 5+ years.
- We typically don’t place service dogs with children until they are aged 8-10+, but we encourage parents to apply for their children as soon as possible in order to decrease their time on our wait list when they are older.
- Your position on the waiting list is determined according to need, rather than simply on the time the application is received.
- You are evaluated on the appropriateness to benefit from one of our dogs. Each situation is considered on an individual basis.
- All of our dogs are placed free of charge.
- Based upon financial need, assistance may be provided for after care, including veterinary treatment, food, and medication.
- Once you are selected from the waiting list, you will be required to come to our facility in Milton, GA to to participate in a two week recipient camp. A caregiver or family member who can assist you during the training process will also be required to attend. Following successful completion of our recipient camp, you will become the recipient of a dog that best suits your needs/personality and return home with him or her.
- If approved and necessary, Canine Assistants can provide financial aid to cover the expenses associated with attending the recipient camp, such as travel, meals, and lodging.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Application Process:
- Who can apply?
- Any child or adult in the United States who has a physical disability, seizure condition, Type 1 Diabetes, or other special need is able to apply.
- What types of dogs do you teach?
- We primarily work with Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retriever/Poodle mixes (Goldendoodles), and combinations of those breeds.
- How old are the dogs when they are placed?
- Most of our dogs are approximately a year and a half of age when they are placed with a recipient.
- Can I have other pets at home?
- Yes, we place our dogs with recipients who have other pets at home, such as dogs, cats, birds, pigs, etc.
- Do I need a fenced-in yard?
- A recipient is not required to have a fenced-in yard, yet it is preferable.
- Can I purchase a dog from Canine Assistants?
- No, our dogs are simply placed with recipients based on their status on our waiting list and free of charge. Dog sponsorships (which cover the care and teaching of our dogs) are always welcome yet will not alter an applicant’s position on our waiting list as they are assigned in order of need. If you are financially able, there are many organizations who provide service dogs for a fee.
- Can you train my dog?
- No, we teach our own dogs and provide them to those in need. We are not able to provide teaching for your own dog. However, we do suggest that people read Jennifer Arnold’s books to find tips on how to teach your own dog.
We also suggest using the internet to search for organizations that require you have your own dog that they will teach to be a service dog. There are also independent trainers that are qualified to teach (make sure they can also provide legitimate public access if you need it) pets to be service dogs.