Working Dogs Changing Lives
We offer these training programs:
Service Dogs (SEE below "SERVICE DOG TRAINING" for the types of Service Dog training programs), Hearing Dogs for the hearing-impaired, Guide Dogs for the vision-impaired, Combination Assistance/Service Dogs,
Emotional Support Dogs, Therapy Dogs (SEE below "THERAPY DOG TRAINING" for the types of Therapy Dog training programs), and Basic to Advanced Obedience.
With the exception of our individual Obedience Training Programs, all other programs will require a completed application accompanied by the non-refundable application fee of $150 that will be deducted from the total program cost IF you and your dog are approved (by Ambassador Assistance K-9s International (AAKI) at AAKI's sole discretion) for acceptance into one of our training programs. Such approval is not guaranteed and the $150 application fee is non-refundable no exceptions. Contact us for details or to apply!
Additionally, and with the exception of our individual Obedience Training Programs (which are packaged in 4-week training sessions), all other programs range in duration from not less than 6 months to no more than 2 years (depending upon age and behavioral aspects of the dog, type of dog-partner training program, and handler needs and abilities). These other specialized dog-partner training programs all feature: Beginner to Advanced Dog Obedience, Beginner to Advanced Handler Training, Dog Laws & Handler Responsibilities, Veterinarian & Homecare Protocols and Standards, Dog Learning Theory, Understanding Force-Free Positive Reinforcement (R+) Training Methods and for the Service and Assistance Dog-Partner Training Programs, Introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Air Carrier Act, The Fair Housing Act.
Also, specialized tasks & work training relevant to handler/owner disability-related needs is completed throughout these programs as well as public access training. Moreover, handler-owners and dogs must successfully complete our final assessments with a minimum score of 90%. Final tests include: Advanced Obedience & Handler Skills, Public Access Handling & Dog Behavior Management, Dog Laws, Federal Public Access Laws, Specialized Work & Tasks.
Our unique and sustainable approach to dog-partner training allows dog owner/handlers to learn and participate in the training process, allowing them to be well-versed as responsible dog-partners in order to be well-able to train their next Service & Assistance Dogs themselves.
To decide if we are a good match for working with you and your dog within any of our training programs, completing our individualized behavior evaluation of your dog (if you already have one), and of your relationship with your dog is required at your expense. If your application is approved (for Service Dog, Assistance Dog, Therapy Dog, or Emotional Support Dog training programs), this non-refundable $150 fee will be deducted from the total program cost! For Obedience Training Programs, this non-refundable evaluation fee is in addition to program cost.
We guide your dog selection (if you do not already have one) based on how you characterize your desired dog-partnership.
Advanced-Level Obedience Training with intermittent & final assessments.
Behavior Modification Training with intermittent & final assessments.
Specialized Tasks & Work Training (except for Emotional Support Dogs and Therapy Dogs whereby we offer specialized tricks & skills training appropriate for the type of dog-partnering) with intermittent & final assessments.
Public Access Training (not for Family Companion Dogs) in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (except for Emotional Support Dogs and Therapy Dogs because advance access permission is required from places of public access for these types of dog-partners) with intermittent & final assessments.
Training to suit the Air Carrier Act applicability to Service Dogs, Assistance Dogs, and Emotional Support Dogs (some airlines allow pets and therapy dogs onboard) with intermittent & final assessments.
Training to suit the Fair Housing Act applicability to Service Dogs, Assistance Dogs, and Emotional Support Dogs with intermittent & final assessments.
SERVICE DOG TRAINING-Mobililty & Balance, PTSD, Autism, Medical Alert & Response, combinations.
THERAPY DOG TRAINING-for medical, therapy, and counseling professionals.
Certifications earned for Service Dogs and Assistance Dogs (and for their Handlers-Owners) are issued by Ambassador Assistance K9s International for achieving pass grades on ALL assessments (i.e., scoring 90% or higher on each of the final assessments for advanced-level obedience, tasks & work, public access, and the written test).
Contact us to discuss your individual needs and program costs & details (Service and Assistance Dog training programs begin at $5,995; Therapy Dog training programs begin at $3,995; Emotional Support Dog training programs begin at $1,995; Obedience & Behavior Modification training programs are 4-week packages beginning at $495).