Owner Trained Service Dog Program
Nine Realms Canine Training is proud to work alongside individuals that are seeking guidance training their own dogs for service work. At Nine Realms Canine Training we believe that if an individual needs a service dog they should not be limited by the high cost of a fully trained dog. This is why Nine Realms offers an affordable Owner Trained Service Dog Program.
Anyone looking to enter this program must have a disability that qualifies them for a service dog. Individuals may train a dog they already own, if it passes evaluations, or may work with Nine Realms to select a dog. Those bringing their own dogs must pass a two part evaluation before being allowed into the program to ensure the dog is suited for service work. The first portion occurs in the home and the second portion occurs in a dog friendly location.
The Owner Trained Program is set up for owners to learn how to train their own service dog with weekly guidance from Nine Realms. Training starts in the home or pet friendly locations, working on obedience and tasks, and then moves to public access training, with permission from several locations. Handlers and dogs train several times a month, working on obedience, tasks, and public access until the dog is a fully trained service dog. All dogs must pass all three Canine Good Citizen Tests, the Nine Realms’ Public Access Test, a Task Proficiency Test, and then are certified through the American Society of Canine Trainers. This ensures that the dogs leaving the program are highly trained, prepared, and skilled for their future careers.
Training is on a contract and lasts until the dog is fully trained for service work. The length of the contract depends on the age and skill of the dog but is a minimum of four months. Nine Realms decides when the dog is fully trained and won’t allow dogs into the working world before they are fully prepared.
The program costs $299 a month plus travel costs of $1.00 per mile round trip. Monthly training includes four private lessons, unlimited phone and email support, and access to a group of other handlers that are supportive and willing to meet and train. Those wishing to do service dog training, but not the four times a month package, may purchase private lessons at their leisure.
Below are some of the types of service dogs Nine Realms trains for:
Diabetic Alert Service Dogs
Psychiatric Service Dogs
Mobility Service Dogs
Hearing Service Dogs
Medical Alert Service Dogs
PTSD Service Dogs
Allergen Detection Service Dogs
We do not train Guide Dogs.
Currently we do not offer fully trained service dogs. We do offer selective board and trains for service dogs. Please contact.
Clients wishing to owner train with guidance from Nine Realms’ Master Trainer Karin Wagemann are highly encouraged to call or email for more information and a sample of the training contract.
Service Dog Board and Train
For those that are not able to train their own dog (either due to disability, time, or training skill) board and train is an option. Starting with a board and train for a young puppy to ensure the proper socialization and exposure, owners will then continue with private training lessons, another board and train around 8 months of age, and then between a year and a year and half. Owners enroll the dog in several board and trains of various lengths depending on the dog’s needs, age, and training, and continue training between the board and trains with private lessons (the owner train program). This is the method recommended as it ensures that a trainer is giving your service dog a solid foundation. However, Nine Realms understands that not all those in need of a service dog can afford board and trains, which is why we offer the Owner Train Program.
The Service Dog Board and Train Program is not currently available as we are in the middle of building a new facility. Late 2021 and early 2022 we expect to offer this service.