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Service Dog Coaching

Assistance is only a paw away. Do you think your dog has what it takes to be a service dog? Are you looking for guidence on how to train your own dog as a service dog? 

Emotional Support vs. Service Dog

We can help you train your dog for either and as you will find out not all dogs have what it takes for service work but they are wonderful companions at calming your emotions. 

Emotional support animals (ESAs) are not the same thing as a Service Dog. Any dog can be claimed as an ESA it was originally just a doctors note that said that the presence of your dog was a proscription for your emotional welfare. If your dog is an ESA this will sometimes make them eligible for living with you in "no pet" housing but that's not always the case. Your dog requires no training to be an ESA but if you want to be taken seriously and give your dog the best chance at making good impressions when it matters then it is strongly encouraged that you peruse further manners training with your ESA dog. An ESA dog is not allowed in public places where 'no dogs allowed' policies are in place. 

Service dogs are dogs that have been specifically trained to assist their human by preforming one or more tasks. The catch is that not all service dogs are eligible to be taken into public places either. Some services may be trained to assist their person at home or in dog friendly locations. Only dogs who are trained for service and have a deep level of manners training should be taken into public places that don't allow pet dogs. 

No matter the level of training you want to invest Kind Animal Services can help you train everything from manners training to task training. 

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Imagine what could your dog do for you? 

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Physical Assistance 

  • Mental Illness Assistance

  • Anxiety Alert 

  • Response to anxiety 

  • response to seizures

  • more... 

Does my dog qualify? 

Unfortunately, not all dogs are going to qualify as a good service dog candidate. The good news is even if your dog does not qualify to be a public access service dog that doesn't mean they can't still offer assistance in the home or emotional support. We can help you train your dog for the job but we want you to keep in mind just like there are jobs you wouldn't want to work, not all personalities of dogs want to be a service dogs. Some dogs just prefer other work. 

For a fully trained serviced that could possibly gain rights to work in public access they must have the following. Some of these prerequisites are teachable but you want your dog to have some innate tendency for the skill. 

  • Friendly and not afraid of people 

  • Not reactive and generally calm around other dogs 

  • Does not startle easily or show anxiety around loud noises

  • Is eager to please and enjoys learning new tricks 

  • Calm but alert energy 

  • Stays with handler and walks well on leash 

  • Not easily distracted and focused on tasks 

  • Is comfortable in lots of environments

  • Is in good health and physically capable for work

Dogs that will not qualify are dogs that show any aggression towards people, dogs, or other animals. Some reactivity can be worked through and if you currently have a dog that is reactive or anxious we will need to address this behavior concern first before we can begin any service dog training. 

We strongly suggest that you start your service dog training journey when the dog is under 4 years old. The most ideal age to train a service dog is between 2-4years . Prior to 2 the puppy should be learning basic manners that will make them eligible for service dog work. 

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Is your dog under 2 years and you want to eventually have them as a service dog consider signing them up for our Immersion School. 

How does it work? 

At KAS we believe in bringing out the best in our animal companions through relationship, science, and positive reinforcement methods. We train service dogs that enjoy their work and willingly show up every day in support of their handlers for years. This is possible because we put your relationship and the dogs needs first. 

When you reach out we will go through an assessment phase. This phase consists of virtual sessions with you to understand your disability and your need for a service dog. We then discuss and assess the dogs viability for being a service dog. Following these discussions we will set goals and expectations. KAS requires your dogs veterinarians involvement to ensure your dog is fit for the tasks we are planning. Finally, in many cases we ask to include your health care team and support team to make sure that the dog's tasks will actually be helpful for you. 


Full Assessment and planning process costs $300 flat and this includes all the discussions, planning sessions, and assessments. It does not include any boarding trials or pre training sessions. 

Once we get through the series of Assessments, and planning we can hit the ground running. Depending on our final program decisions we may including boarding school for your dog as well as home training coaching and support. No two service dog training plans look the same. Training personal dogs is dependent on too many variables to give any clear idea of what your program will look like. 

After all this we want to prepare you for the fact that your personal dog may not make the cut. Do you have a plan for this dog if they are not suited for service dog work?  Will you keep your current dog or choose to re-home and purchase a puppy better suited for service dog work? Whatever you decide Kind Animal Services can continue to assist you. We can help you continue to train and improve your dog's behavior or facilitate the re-home/adoption process. 

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Kelsie has been assisting owner-trainers with the training of their service dogs for 7 years. She spent some time training emotional support animals for a wide range of people who genuinely wanted a well behaved emotional companion to live with. In 2014 Kelsie worked for a chapter of Pets For Vets helping to assess, foster, train, and home shelter dogs to be placed in veterans homes. Most recently KAS has perused getting broader insurance to cover service dog training while Kelsie completed her service dog training certification.  

Kelsie is proudly a Certified Service Dog Coach through Cooperative Paws. 

It surprises people that service dog training is 90% just normal dog training. That doesn't discredit this type of training as simple or straight forward. It just requires an in-depth knowledge of dog behavior, knowledge about personality assessment, and learning. All the while keeping the ultimate larger goal for training in mind. 10% the polish on Service Dog Training is public access and knowledge of accessibility laws. All of this Kelsie has been doing for years without the official title (legally not needed though that is changing). 

Kelsie, has now built a smooth service dog program that will help you qualify and train your own pup or assist you in receiving a training service dog from KAS. Or we can provide assistance at any point of your service dog journey. 

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