What is a Service Dog?

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990) a dog is considered a “service dog” if it has been “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.”

These dogs are more than just pets; they are a life line. Service dogs provide companionship, love, and support. They create a significant impact in their partner’s everyday life. Service dogs provide safety, confidence, independence, and a restored sense of freedom to their human companion.

What breeds can Doggie Does Good train?

Usually we train Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Labradoodles. However, we do train other breeds as well upon request.

What tasks are Doggie Does Good service dogs trained to do?

We work with people with all types of disabilities; look at the “What Can We Train?” page to get more information.

What is the process I would need to go through to obtain a Service Dog?

To get a service dog you must put in a pre-application. After reviewing the pre-application, Doggie Does Good will contact you in 1-5 business days; After you have spoken to a service dog representative and have decided you want to move forward, we require a more detailed application. We do require that you make a commitment to getting a service dog through Doggie Does Good by paying a deposit before we get started. From there we will figure out the specifics of which dog would be best suited for you. We look at the dog’s breed, energy level, temperament, etc. to determine the best match for you. We also take your opinion, wants, and needs into account during the selection process. After we have all decided and agreed on a dog, Doggie Does Good begins to work on training the Service Dog to fit your needs.

How old do I need to be to receive a Service Dog?

Doggie Does Good does not discriminate by age; we believe that anyone whose quality of life can be improved by a service dog deserves one.

I have completed the online contact form. When is someone going to get back to me?

We pride ourselves on training the highest quality dogs and that training will be our top priority so please be patient with us. We promise will get to you as soon as we can. This generally takes anywhere from 1-5 business days.

How long is the waiting list?

There is no waiting list! We are fortunate enough to work with several great breeders and rescues across California so we are always getting new dogs. We also have several service dog trainers. The only wait is the training time itself which can take anywhere from 6- 12 months depending on what service behaviors you are looking for.

How much does a Service Dog cost?

Every service dog we train costs us anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000 in training, medical expenses, food, boarding, etc. We try to cover these expenses through fundraising because Doggie Does Good is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. We also have people that volunteer their time and efforts to bring you the best quality service dogs, puppies, and training. We understand how important it can be to add a Service Dog to your life and we would never want finances to be the deciding factor in getting a Service Dog.

What is the difference between a Therapy Dog and a Service Dog?

The difference between a Therapy Dog and a Service Dog is that a Therapy Dog is trained and tested for temperament and obedience to bring joy and companionship to multiple people, where as a Service Dog works only for one person. A Therapy Dog is also worked in children hospitals, nursing homes, etc. to comfort those in need.

What types of volunteers are needed?

We appreciate any help we can get from anyone. Go to our “Support Now” page for more details.

What is a puppy raiser?

A puppy raiser is someone who helps raise puppies for the Doggie Does Good Service Dog Program. The puppy raisers act like a foster home for the service dogs while they are still too young to go through training. A puppy raiser is caring and affectionate, and provides a great start for the puppies while they adjust to home life. These puppies will go on to do great things by helping people with disabilities gain their independence; puppy raisers provide the foundation that these puppies need. Please refer to the Puppy Raiser FAQs for more information.