The Purpose of this site is to help persons who are considering a service dog in their lives to learn about
and prepare for the process of obtaining and owning a service dog.
Many questions can be explored before contacting a service dog provider.
If you are prepared, a great deal of time can be saved in locating a provider, a trainer, and a service dog. The process
of obtaining a service dog is very time-consuming, detailed, and often frustrating. Participation in the homework
exercises suggested in this website will guide you through much of the process, and help you to answer many of the questions
that you will have.
Hopes and Dreams
You need to be sure that your Hopes and Dreams about a service dog match up with the reality of actually getting
and having a service dog. A great investment in time and money is usually involved in the process of obtaining a service
dog. Many times, persons find that the experience of getting a service dog can be difficult. Basing
your Hopes and Dreams on one provider, one trainer, or one dog can set you up for disappointment. Keep your mind and
options open, and be aware that the placement and training of service dogs is as much an art as a science.
Portions of this material will suggest activities in which you are encouraged to participate. By making lists,
answering questions, researching suggested topics, and physically practicing specific movements, you are preparing for a service
dog in your life. These activities are designed to bring you closer to obtaining a service dog.
When you see directions in this redder color, that means you are supposed to do the activity suggested.
Make a list means actually write down words related to the topic. These lists will be very useful to you in the process
of getting a service dog. If you make the list or answer the questions, you will be organized when your trainer or provider
organization asks you for this information.