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Service Dogs
Application Process
Service Dogs
What Service Dogs Do
Is a Service Dog for You
How to Get a Service Dog
The Right Dog
The Right Source
The Right Trainer
The Right Training
Your Goals
Your Resources
Getting Ready for a Service Dog
Equipment
Health Care
When You Get a Service Dog
Working in Public

Do Your Research
Again, best sure you are familiar with the criteria, types of dogs placed, geographic region, and any other specific details of a provider organization BEFORE you request an application.  The time and effort involved in administrating an assistance dog provider organization is tremendous.  The purpose of this site is to minimize the time and effort involved in the interface between client and provider.  Organizations will appreciate your effort if they can see that you have done your homework BEFORE contacting them.  You may have to slightly delay the initial contact, but be assured, you will be speeding up the overall process if you are prepared.
 
Applying to a Provider Organization
If you have decided to approach the service dog quest by approaching a provider organization, your first big hurdle will be the application process.  Several steps may be involved. 
 
Some organizations will relate only to the person interested in acquiring a service dog.  Others will accept applications from parents, if the applicant is a child.  Most do not want to hear from the spouse or friend of a person who may be wanting a service dog.  Getting a service dog is a personal comittment, and most provider organizations will want to see some evidence that a person understands this and is willing to make an investment of their personal time, resources and energy. 
 
Usually, the initial request for an application is the first step.  Some organizations have provided on-line applications.  Sometimes you will need to pay an application fee, which may or may not be refundable.  This can range from $5 to $250.
 
Before you send money or your contact information to a provider organization, or private trainer, be sure to check out their references.  Are they a member of ADI?  How long have they been training service dogs?  Have they actually placed the type of service dog you are interested in?  How many dogs have they actually placed, and do they provide contact information for you to verify?  If you have researched the organization, you will have the answers to these questions.  If you do not know the answers to these questions, do not send money or your contact information.

Example Applications

The following links list examples of applications from provider organizations.

Prepare
Gathering material for the application process may take some time.  Included here is a generic sample application, which will help to to have the information ready.  Most provider organizations, and private trainers, will ask similar questions in their application materials.  By participating in answering the questions in this sample application, you will be prepared with most of the necessary information when you locate a provider organization that meets your needs.

Homework:
Carefully answer the questions in each section of the sample application.  SAVE your answers.  Take the time to gather the additional information and reference material so that you will be ready when filling out an application to apply to a provider organization. 

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Education and Support for People and Service Dogs