Train your own service dog: Not everyone can afford to purchase a fully trained service dog and some folks already have a dog that may be suitable for this work. If your dog cuts the grade and you want to learn how to train your own service dog, we will help you do that. According to Michigan law, trainers must be on the Department of Civil Rights approved trainer list which MDT is. Otherwise, you cannot legally take your dog into public access places prior to the dog becoming a service dog. However, you can train in public access areas if you are accompanied by a MDT trainer. Thus classes will occur at the MDT facility as well as at public access locations (restaurants, shopping malls, etc.). We can help you train your dog to be a:
- Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD),
- Mobility Dog or
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Service Dog.
The six month training program includes weekly training sessions and many bonuses to help you prepare for service dog testing as well as provide on-going support thereafter. SDIT program includes:
- Weekly training sessions (24 sessions)
- Public access obedience training with a state approved service dog trainer
- Canine Good Citizen (CGC) testing
- Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) testing
- Service Dog Public Access testing and video of evaluation
- Diabetic Alert Dog testing and video of evaluation
- Semi annual refresher training sessions and evaluations
For a DAD, you must have access to low breath samples of 70 or below to train with. Dogs must be five months or older, be friendly toward other dogs and people, be well socialized and confident in new environments.