Training Options

Academy Trained Service Dogs

Princess Leia

Owner-Assisted Trained Service Dogs

An Owner-Assisted Trained service dog from SSDI means that SSDI will work with a client to find a pre-approved dog that meets their individual needs. Owner-Assisted training clients complete Phase 0, a workbook which mentally, physically, and emotionally prepares you to work with one of our service dogs PRIOR to obtaining a dog. 

 

The dog and client work with SSDI trainers to complete our Service Dog Training Program. The client is the one who trains the dog by teaching the dog new concepts and commands taught to the clients by our trainers. The dog stays with the client and the client will work with an SSDI trainer to train the dog. This option is normally recommended for our clients who would like assistance finding and evaluating a service dog candidate as well as our clients who want a dog with medical alert and response or psychiatric tasks. 

These teams undergo extensive team training which is spread out during the course of our Service Dog Training Program. Owner-Assisted Trained service dog handlers go through our Service Dog Handler Training Program and teams must also pass SSDI's Public Access Test.

Melanie

An Academy Trained service dog from SSDI means that the dog will be placed with a client at the end of the training process. SSDI will obtain and train a dog to SSDI’s standards that will be matched with a client. 

In this option SSDI retains ownership of the dog in perpetuity to ensure proper welfare of all of our dogs. This option is normally only recommended for our clients which are not able to be a part of the training process. 

 

Academy dog clients complete Phase 0, a workbook which mentally, physically, and emotionally prepares you to work with one of our service dogs. These teams still progress though our training program once they receive their dogs to ensure the client can ask the dog for all of the commands they know. They also go through extensive team training which educates the client on training theory, dog body language, their individual dog's personality and cues, and working their dog in public.

 

All dogs are placed for a trial period of at least 6 months to ensure the dog can effectively mitigate the handler's disability and can adapt to the client's daily routine. Academy Trained service dog handlers go through our Service Dog Handler Training Program and teams must also pass SSDI's Public Access Test.



 

Hercules

Owner Trained Service Dogs

An owner Trained service dog from SSDI means that SSDI will evaluate a dog the client already owns for the service work they require and if accepted, they will enter into our Service Dog Training Program. Owner training clients complete Phase 0, a workbook which mentally, physically, and emotionally prepares you to work with one of our service dogs.

 

The dog lives with the client and the client will work with an SSDI trainer to train the dog by practicing what the trainers have taught them during training sessions. This option is recommended for our clients who already have a dog they want to train as their service dog.

These teams undergo extensive team training which is spread out during the course of our Service Dog Training Program. Owner Trained service dog handlers go through our Service Dog Handler Training Program and teams must also pass SSDI's Public Access Test.

 

*It is important to note that not all dogs are suited to be service dogs, if you do not currently have a dog, but still would like to do owner-assisted or owner training with us, DO NOT get a dog before filling out our application. We will help you choose a suitable service dog prospect once we have the proper details from your application.

In Person Trainings

If one of our Canine Training Specialists is in your region, you will meet with them in person in a one-on-one or group format. In person trainings are normally scheduled once a week per client.

In person training sessions are designed to introduce commands or tasks, work on commands or tasks in a more distracting environment, get advice in person about potential concerns, get your dog comfortable working with other people and dogs, and work directly with SSDI trainers.

*It is important to note that all Public Access Tests are administered in person no earlier than 6 months after the start of training with SSDI. The Public Access Test is proctored at the end of our Service Dog Training Program and is a graduation requirement of all dogs in our Service Dog Training Program.

In Person Training Session with Carlos

Digital Trainings

 

Digital Evaluation of Chekov at the Shelter

Our digital trainings are conducted via multiple platforms that offer video ​services (i.e. FaceTime, Facebook Video Chat, Skype, etc.). Our digital trainings are normally scheduled once a week per client.

Digital training sessions are designed to introduce commands or tasks, work on skills in a less distracting environment (in home), work on skills in a more distracting environment (outside the home), get advice about potential concerns, ask questions, and work directly with SSDI trainers.

Digital trainings are intended for clients whom have transportation restrictions and/or are in a region where SSDI does not currently have a Canine Training Specialist. Clients can progress through our ENTIRE Service Dog Training Program by using our digital training system. There is NO REASON we have to touch your dog to train it to help you!  

Our digital training system allows SSDI to reach a wider client base and assist more dogs in need across the country.

*It is important to note that all Public Access Tests are administered in person no earlier than 6 months after the start of training with SSDI. The Public Access Test is proctored at the end of our Service Dog Training Program and is a graduation requirement of all dogs in our Service Dog Training Program.

Service Dog Training Program

A.K.C. Testing

Many of our trainers are C.G.C. Evaluators which allows us to test and title the dogs in our program in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program, CGC, AKC Community Canine (the advanced level of CGC), Urban CGC and Trick Dog tests. We believe all dogs should be good canine citizens, we use these recognized American Kennel Club tests as additional progress markers and accomplishments for the dogs in our program.

Starfleet Service Dogs, Inc. 501(c)(3)

EIN:  81-4216629

E-mail: info@starfleetservicedogs.org

Phone: 301-509-6742

Social Media: @starfleetservicedogs

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