THE PROGRAM

Texas Service Dogs only places fully trained service animals. If you own a service dog prospect please contact The Whole Shebang in Austin, TX.


If you are looking to certify your current dog please visit the following link to see if you qualify:
http://texasservicedogs.org/our-programs/certify-your-service-dog/

THE PROGRAM: WHAT TO EXPECT

In evaluating whether an applicant may successfully participate in our program, we consider the following criteria:

GOALS

Candidates should be seeking to increase their independence through the assistance of a service dog. Candidates will be asked how a dog will assist them and make a difference in their life.

ABILITY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF A DOG

The candidate must be able to reasonably meet the emotional, physical and financial needs of a service dog. This includes offering a stable home environment, providing adequate exercise and grooming of the dog. Family members and/or aides are expected to assist when necessary.

LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS

The candidate must provide a safe, fenced enclosure adjacent to his or her home for the dog for relieving and exercise. Apartment dwellers will be required to make alternative arrangements in advance. Preference is for a home environment in which the service dog is the only dog living in the home, but exceptions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The service dog must be able to peacefully coexist with any other animals in the home.

MATURITY AND COGNITIVE FUNCTIONING

The candidate must possess the maturity and cognitive functioning to learn the skills required in Team Training. He or she must also be capable of managing the dog once they are living together.

DURATION OF COMMITMENT

TXSD estimates the working life of each dog to be approximately 8-10 years. The candidate’s medical situation should enable the candidate to work with the dog for several years. Situations that might prevent a candidate from fulfilling this commitment will be evaluated by TXSD on a case-by-case basis.

ABILITY TO ATTEND TEAM TRAINING

Applicants who are accepted into our program will be required to attend a two-week Team Training with Texas Service Dogs. Team Training is scheduled from approximately 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for two consecutive weeks. TXSD does not provide transportation, lodging, meals or otherwise offer financial stipends to attendees during these training sessions.  Subject to change with notice.

Applicants will be considered without regard to race, sex, religion, creed, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, age or ability.


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