Service Dog Application Process

Service Dog Application Process – Step One

We would be happy to assist you in finding the right service dog for your child and family. Our service dog application process is pretty simple. First, we need a completed Preliminary Application to give us as much information as possible about your family situation, household dynamics and what type of dog would be best suited for your family. There is no obligation when filling out a Preliminary Application; it is simply a way of giving us detailed information about your needs.

Service Dog Application Process – Step Two

Once we review and approve your service dog application form from Step One (Preliminary Application), we will send out a Service Dog Application Package. This package is more in-depth and gives us more information about the needs of the family,  allowing you the opportunity to give us the proper insight that we need for selecting and training a Service Dog for your family. Service Dog Application Packages are reviewed regularly and once your package is approved, we will set a meeting or phone conference and discuss dog selection, needs, etc. We will also discuss your family’s frequent activities, hobbies, etc. so that we can have the best information when we begin to look for dogs to meet your requirements.

Once Highland Canine Training and the family have agreed to work together, the family is sent our Service Dog Training Agreement. At this time the family signs and sends the agreement with a $2500 deposit. This deposit ensures that you retain the next available spot on our waiting list.

To make your deposit, simply click the button below to make a secure payment via PayPal.

Name of Service Dog Recipient

Packet Step 1

Complete Packet Cover Sheet

Packet Step 2

Complete Behavioral Statement

Packet Step 3

Complete Family Commitment Letter

Packet Step 4

Complete School Commitment Letter

Packet Step 5

Complete Daily Activity Logs

Packet Step 6

Complete Vet Reference Form

Service Dog Application Process – Step Three

Our staff will then create a dog selection profile for your review and proceed with the purchase of a dog. Highland Canine acquires and holds the dog for you until training begins. At this time, you have the opportunity to “meet and greet” with the dog and spend some time getting to know the dog. This time also allows us to meet with you and your family and discuss your needs further. This meeting is very helpful to us in customizing the dog to fit your needs. Once training begins, we require 50% of the total cost of the dog.

How long does it take to train a service dog?

Training takes, on average, 6-12 months. Some dogs will take less time and others will take more, depending on the type and amount of tasks that are needed to be taught. During the training process, we will continue to work together to obtain additional information to assist us in training the dog and we will also provide you with updates on the dog and their training progress. Our standard assistance dog includes: on and off-leash obedience training, trailing, repetitive behavior interruption and environmental stability training. Dogs requiring additional training will increase in price. Please feel free to contact us for more detailed pricing to fit your needs.

Service Dog Application Process – Step Four

Once the training is complete, you can either come to our facility to pick up the dog (we will want to spend about 5 days working with you) or we can deliver the dog to your home. In home delivery is preferred by a majority of our clients and require additional costs. Some of the benefits of in home delivery include:

Teaching the entire family how to work with the dog in your home where it will live and work
Our trainer(s) come to you so that you do not have to travel
We are able to work with your family outside the home in restaurants, theaters, stores and other places that you commonly visit
Our trainers are able to answer questions and demonstrate techniques to help get the most from your dog while it is transitioning to your home.


Upon delivery, the balance of the dog/training cost is due. The typical cost for a dog is $15,900. This price can increase in the event that you have a need for additional and substantial training (this is uncommon). We also offer FREE follow-up training for as long as you own the dog.