1. You'll need to find a dog. We can suggest some good breeders and give you tips on what to look for when picking a dog but we do not provide dogs.
2. Enroll in a course when one is available. Via online website or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (480) 265-9443.
Your dog, ofcourse.
A small variety of treats that your dog likes. Pick several different flavors. Dogs get bored eating the same thing all the time.
A 6 foot non-retractable leash hooked to your dogs collar.
A positive attitude and willingness to learn.
Yes your family is welcome but there are some rules.
We may not have enough chairs for everyone so some people may need to sit on the floor.
Please no infants or very small children. Older kids are welcome if they can sit quietly. Please have ear buds if they want to use a gaming device or tablet. You will be expected to manage your kids in class. This isn't always easy while working your dog and learning new commands.
Service Animal Defined by Title II and Title III of the ADA. A service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.
A Therapy Dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with mental disorders, such as anxiety disorder or autism.
An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is a companion animal that a medical professional has determined provides benefit for an individual with a disability
Start with Obedience. If you have a young puppy you will need to start there.
Then pick your skills. A service dog must be "task trained" the Skills courses are the tasks. Select the course to teach your dog the task you need him/her to do for you. (Bracing, Alerting, Retrieving, Scenting etc...)
Public Access. This course will teach you and your dog how to behave in public and function as a team amongst distractions
Former Graduates due for re-testing are welcome to join in any currently running service dog class to "re-fresh" their dog, if the class isn't already full, before testing is due on a drop-in basis for $25 per drop-in class.
Absolutely. We have many who come through and their dogs go on to become Therapy Dogs, Emotional Support Dogs, and simply stellar family pets. All you need to do is enroll in a course online when one is available, add yourself to the waiting list and receive an email when your courses enrollment is open or call and enroll over the phone (480)256-9443.
This course is for Service/Therapy dogs only. This is a 12 week course. Each week the class will meet in a different location and learn behaviors and skills necessary to function in a public environment.
Retrieving 1 we simply work on building the drive of the dog to bring items back to the handler. Playing "fetch" and Retrieving and different. Retrieving must be done in a controlled manor. The dog learns to bring a variety of items to the handler without chewing, tearing or crushing them.
Retrieving 2 we refine the retrieve to include pulling items from shelves. putting items in baskets, carrying and holding items for the handler. Dog also learn items by name and to go find them.
Retrieving 3 is done during public access whenever possible. This course puts all the work from the first two courses in to practice.
Yes there is. You have a 2 options. You can come to the next weeks class 20 minutes early or attend that same class (Let's say week #3) on another day if one is available. Just let the trainer know beforehand. You can find the classes and dates on the Calendar.
Yes. You will need to set that up with a trainer. Each trainers schedule and pricing is different. You can find the trainers contact information under meet the staff.
This really depends on you and your dog. The more you practice what we teach the faster your dog will learn all the necessary skills and behaviors.
The whole process (as an example) - starting with an 10+ month old dog.
Obedience 1 Obedience 2 Retrieving Skills Course 1 Alerting Skills Course 1 Obedience 3 Retrieving Skills Course 2 Public Access Course Retrieving Skills Course 3 Bracing Skills Course 2 Pass the Public Access Test
This example would take about a year and half to complete and cost around $2,100 in class fees.
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The whole process (as an example) - starting with an 4 month old dog.
Puppy Obedience Obedience 1 Obedience 2 Retrieving Skills Course 1 Focus and Relationship Obedience 3 Retrieving Skills Course 2 Public Access Course Retrieving Skills Course 3 Scenting/Tracking Pass the Public Access Test
This example would take about 2 years to complete and cost around $2,400 in class fees.
Most of our 6 week courses cost $230. The exception is the shy dog course which is $250.
Our 4 week courses cost $200.00
Public Access which is a 13 week course costs $500
We have courses that run for 6 weeks, some that run for 4 weeks, public access runs for 13 weeks. For all of these you'll attend class once a week for about an hour.
The Workshops (Seminars) are a one time event that may run for 1-3 hours.
You can pay in full when you enroll online. Or if you use the Reserve option the remainder must be paid on the first day of class. We accept Cash, Check and Card (via PayPal).
Yes. If you drop out, you will be refunded classes you will miss once you have dropped out minus $25 dollars nonrefundable deposit. You must request the refund.
You will be refunded minus 25 dollars that is non-refundable if you paid in full for the course, but were unable to attend. However you must request the refund.
Yes, if you paid in full for a class your payment minus the nonrefundable $25.00 deposit can be moved to the next round. Just let us know which course you want it applied to in the next round if you can't attend the current round you signed up for.
Easy. Add yourself to the waiting list to be notified as soon as the course you want to take becomes available. We can't schedule every course every month so the waiting lists lets us know how many and which courses we need to open.
Yes, however you cannot work 2 dogs in the class. You will need to bring another family member to work the additional dog(s). Please make sure to enroll & pay for the dogs separately when enrolling online for the class.
No, you can either enroll online or call the office and schedule a time to come into the center to pay for the class.
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All breeds of dogs are welcome in the program but please be sure the dog is physically capable of performing the tasks you want to trained to do for you. For example, a 10 pound toy poodle may have trouble opening doors for you. A 100 pound mastiff may not make a good retriever.
All dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations.
We have a zero tolerance policy for animal abuse. If you are physically abusing your dog you will be dismissed from class and all future classes with a full refund for classes not taken. I do allow the use of training tools in classes but they must be used correctly.
We do need to know your medical condition to best train your dog to help you and to keep you safe.
Your private information will not be shared with anyone outside of All 4 Paws Training LLC or any business at any time.
You will be asked to sign an Accident Waiver and Release of Liability before joining any class/course.
This course is specifically for puppies up to 6 months of age. It is designed to teach the basic good puppy behaviors, socialization, puppy care and obedience. We will teach you about your new puppy, typical puppy behaviors and how to survive the potty training, chewing, and other fun puppy stages. At the end of this course we offer the AKC Puppy STAR test. This is a 6 week course.
Find out everything you ever wanted to know about service animals! Our 101 is packed with important information, valuable resources and guides to help deepen your understanding of the service animal world. Let us help you understand the definitions, laws, challenges, picking your dog, training it and more! The more informed EVERYONE is about service animals and their use, the better everyone's experiences will be! This is a 2 hour class.
This is a 12 week course. We will meet once a week and work on skills and/or behaviors all service/therapy dogs need to have in public. In addition you will be expected to learn the laws and service/therapy dog etiquette while in public. We expect you and your dog to be on your best behavior and respectful of others at all times. These classes often take place mid-day week days and sometimes weekday evenings. At the end of the 12 weeks Service Dogs will take our Public Access Test. Therapy Dogs will take a test to see readiness for the actual Therapy dog testing. If ready they will be sent on to a therapy dog tester for their official testing. They will have to meet with the tester no less then 3 times for testing in a public setting.
This is a great class to take if you want to do something fun with your dog and or you are training for Therapy dog. Seeing your dog do cute tricks always puts a smile on someone's face. You can earn your Novice titles by the end of class.
This course is ideal for anyone who has a shy, nervous or just recently adopted a dog. It takes time to build a good bond and relationship with a shy, nervous or new dog and the games we play in this course are designed to help build that relationship, confidence and engagement. Each week we will play 2-3 trust and bond building games.
Learn the skills you need to potentially help save your dog or cats life! This course is more than just CPR. Topics covered are splinting broken bones, bandaging wounds, burns, punctures, ingesting toxic substances, choking, vomiting, as well as learning to spot illness by taking your pets temperature, checking for dehydration and anemia.
There is a $25 non-refundable fee that will come out of your payment for this class if you cancel.
This workshop is designed to simulate your potential experiences with air travel. We simulate the security and go over several possible TSA protocols. Then boarding the plane, seating, in flight services, and disembarking the plane. Plus time for some Q&A. We try to be as accurate as possible with all the airline regulations but each airline has their own policies and they change frequently.
This course teaches you and your dog how to help stabilize you, assist you getting up and down, and pull a wheelchair. No real weight is applied to the dog in class. We will explain how and when to start applying pressure. It will take time for your dog’s muscles to build. Because we don’t apply weight dogs under 2 year may take this course.
Advancing the retrieve into a useful skill. Putting toys away, delivering items between two people, opening a drawer or cabinet and shutting it. Also learning to be gentle with breakable household items like cell phones, pens, etc.
There are six categories of stimuli that are considered when testing a dog. Over the course of 6 weeks this class would be pre-testing the dog in each of the areas of stimulus and working on any behavior issues the dog may have.
Open to all ages, the younger you start the better.
This class is for building engagement and focus with your dog, if you don't have your dog's attention you don't have your dog! When you become your dog's focal point the outside world becomes less important to your dog.
AKC Tricks & Do More With Your Dog Intermediate Title:
This is a great class to take if you want to do something fun with your dog and or you are training for Therapy dog. Seeing your dog do cute tricks always puts a smile on someone's face. You can earn your Intermediate titles by the end of class.
AKC Tricks & Do More With Your Dog Advanced / Expert Title:
This is a great class to take if you want to do something fun with your dog and or you are training for Therapy dog. Seeing your dog do cute tricks always puts a smile on someone's face. You can earn your Advanced / Expert titles by the end of class.