At Canine by Design, we specialize in providing highly-skilled service dogs for individuals with a variety of needs. Our portfolio includes psychiatric, allergy, medical alert, and mobility service dogs. Our team will collaborate closely with you to help you choose the dog that will be the optimal fit.
Already own a dog you’re looking to have trained? We also offer task-specific training programs in the form of private coaching sessions or a board & train. These programs are designed to teach neutrality and reliability in public while training tasks customized to your needs. Our carefully curating training programs deliver a seamless integration of assistance and companionship.
Fully Trained & Family Ready Service dogs
Our program for sourcing pre-trained service dogs provides hand-selected dogs from the highest quality programs in the U.S. and Europe that are health tested, trained by us, and ready to join you and your family.
Discovery & Selection
Our thorough discovery process ensures we select the ideal dog for you. Available dogs will be carefully scrutinized for health and social temperament, energy level and drive, and task performance. We then provide suitable candidates for you to choose from.
Arrival & Training
Most dogs can be transported to our facilities within a reasonable time-frame to meet your needs. If selecting a dog from overseas, additional travel time may be required. After arrival, your new dog will begin its training program.
Owner Handoff & Maintenance
Once training for your new Service Dog is complete, we will bring your fully trained, family ready companion to your home. At this appointment, we will make final observations on the how the dog is behaving and interacting with you and your family.
We will provide demonstrations and review recommended care and living guidelines for your new member of the pack!
Private Coaching and Board & Trains
Canine by Design offers training and maintenance programs for personal service dogs that were owner-trained or sold as a pre-trained service dogs from another vendor. This program is designed to do the following:
- Evaluate baseline performance capabilities of the dog (as it was sold), and identify new training outcomes that may be considered necessary to its role as a service dog.
- Provide real world, scenario-based training to ensure dog is still capable of optimal performance
- Troubleshooting any problematic behaviors identified, within the scope of the program duration
- Educate owners on the correct handling skills of a trained service dog based on the scope of performance that the dog was initially trained to do.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not every dog is suitable for service work. Working dog breeds tend to be more capable of service work than your average family pet. Some breeds we recommend include:
- Golden Retriever
- Labrador Retriever
- German Shepherd
- Standard Poodle
- Cavalier Spaniel
To be effective in their job while living a fulfilling life, a service dog must have the right temperament and personality. When evaluating dogs for service task-oriented work, we look to see that the dog has stable nerves, confidence, and high biddability paired with strong working drives. These characteristics will ultimately determine our decision on whether or not a dog is suitable for this type of work.
*Service dogs must be neutral to people, animals, noises, and surfaces when working. Dogs who are reactive, aggressive, or that have a bite history will most likely not be a suitable fit.
There are many specific conditions and disabilities that could qualify people for service dog usage.
Physical conditions include, but aren’t limited to, blindness or deafness, epilepsy, paralysis from any cause, allergies, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, scoliosis, asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, loss of limb, and seizures.
Individuals with a mental disability may also benefit from a service dog.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals are NOT required to be certified or go through a professional training program.
As such, none of our dogs are certified or registered. However, we do can use the AKC Canine Good Citizen test as a way to evaluate your dog’s readiness for public access.
*There are individuals and organizations that sell service animal certification or registration documents online. These documents do not convey any rights under the ADA and the Department of Justice does not recognize them as proof that the dog is a service animal.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals are not required to have any paperwork or documentation proving they are a service animal. Covered entities may not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal, as a condition for entry.
Yes! Our team has helped many handlers prepare their service dogs for their first flight. Our training programs can include preparing for TSA, safely navigating escalators and elevators, moving through crowds and lines, and managing your pet during the flight.
Our skilled team members can also assist you in filling out the required Dept. of Transportation paperwork, locating pet-relief stations, and ensuring you pack all the necessities!