How does the training work?

The training consists of four separate phases: (1) basic obedience, (2) advanced obedience, (3) disability skills, and (4) public access. At the end of these training phases, you and your dog are tested prior to starting the next phase of training. Some dogs may already have the necessary foundational skills to quickly pass through specific phases (i.e. some may be ready to simply take the test for that phase to move to the next phase). The length of each phase and intensity of training will depend on you and your dog. It is very important that you continue working with your dog on a daily basis between their lessons so they continue to learn from you and progress. Depending on the phase and intensity level, your trainer will recommend which training type will be best for you and your dog. A combination of several training options will likely be utilized to pass through all phases of training. The program types are:

  • Initial Evaluation and Consultation – The first step of the process is scheduling your initial Evaluation and Consultation. During this time we will answer any questions you may have and will explain step-by-step our Service Dog Training Program. We will provide you with our Service Dog Training Program book that itemizes every skill and task required in our program. If you already have a dog, we are able to meet them during this time to have a basic evaluation of their overall temperament. If you do not have a dog, we will discuss your preferences and explain available options. We will convey what to expect throughout the course of training and explain all of the requirements needed.
    • – Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours – $200 (due upon scheduling)
    • – Please note that no training is conducted during this evaluation
    • – A telephone Evaluation and Consultation may be scheduled for those located a distance from us
    • – Travel charges may apply:
    • Travel Charges Worksheet
  • Wipe Your Paws – Individual private lessons are conducted at our facility (available at the Southeastern PA branch only) or via Skype/Facetime at the trainer’s discretion (many skills/tasks are recommended to be trained in person). These lessons are 1 hour each and are customized to fit the needs of you and your dog. We will be teaching you (and any other members of your household who attend) how to work with your dog in between lessons and will ask for daily practice (“homework”) from you!
    • – $125 per 1-hour lesson (due upon scheduling)
    • – Purchase 5 lessons (5 hours) for $600 (non-transferable) (full payment due upon scheduling first lesson)
    • – Lessons may be conducted back-to-back if you would prefer multiple-hour lessons
    • – These lessons may periodically be scheduled via Skype/Facetime at the trainer’s discretion
    • – There is no additional charge for multiple dogs of the same household participating in these lessons
  • My Dog Ate My Homework – Individual private lessons are conducted in your own home or at a public venue. These lessons are 1 hour each and are customized to fit the needs of you and your dog. We will be teaching you (and any other members of your household) how to work with your dog in between lessons and will ask for daily practice (“homework”) from you!
    • – $175 per 1-hour lesson (due upon scheduling)
    • – Purchase 5 lessons (5 hours) up front for $800 (non-transferable) (full payment due upon scheduling first lesson)
    • – Lessons may be conducted back-to-back if you would prefer multiple-hour lessons
    • – There is no additional charge for multiple dogs of the same household participating in these lessons
    • – Travel charges may apply:
    • Travel Charges Worksheet
  • Love Me, Love My Dog – Your dog will come to stay with one of our professional trainers in the trainer’s own home. They will be loved and cared for as if they were part of our family. They will be learning new commands and skills throughout their stay while living in a structured environment. A scheduled time will be given for you to drop-off your dog and their luggage to the trainer.
    • 1 Week-Long Stays: (Half-payment is due to schedule training and half-payment is due by the take-home lesson.)
    • – (Minimum)1 week + take-home lesson + 1 “My Dog Ate My Homework” lesson = $1,500
    • – Add a Day = $200
    • 2 Week-Long Stays: (Half-payment is due to schedule training and half-payment is due by the take-home lesson.)
    • – 2 weeks + take-home lesson + 1 “My Dog Ate My Homework” lesson = $2,750
    • – Add a Day = $175
    • 3 Week-Long Stays: (Half-payment is due to schedule training and half-payment is due by the take-home lesson.)
    • – 3 weeks + take-home lesson = $3,350
    • – Add a Day = $160
    • 4 Week-Long Stays or Longer:
    • -4 weeks + take-home lesson = $3,750 (Half-payment is due to schedule training and half-payment is due by the take-home lesson.)
    • – If more than one 4-week package (includes take-home lesson at completion of stay) = $3,500 (after the initial 4-week stay of $3,750) (Half-payment of the first 4 weeks is due to schedule training; balance is due at the end of the first 4-week training. Subsequent 4-week training: half-payment is due on day one of the new 4-week training; balance is due at the end of the 4-week training.)
    • – Add a Day = $150
    • – Add a Week = $950
    • Additional Notes for “Love Me, Love My Dog”:
    • – Special trip to veterinarian, groomer, pick-up of specialty dog food, etc. – $65 plus travel charges and cost of service/item
    • – Only your dog participating in the “Love Me, Love My Dog” program with no other customers’ dogs scheduled – $25/day (not available for 3 week or longer stays)
    • – Daily email updates with pictures/video during “Love Me, Love My Dog” – $25/day
    • – Dog pick-up may be scheduled for an additional $30, plus any applicable travel charges.
    • – Travel charges may apply for the take-home lesson and follow-up lesson.
    • – If multiple dogs from the same household are participating, the first dog is full price and each additional is half price.
  • Board and Maintenance – Your dog will come to stay with one of our professional trainers in the trainer’s own home. They will be loved and cared for as if they were part of our family. This is primarily a boarding program; no new training will be conducted. It is meant for clients who are traveling and want their dog to stay in a structured environment while they are away. Your trainer will practice previously taught and refined commands to upkeep their current level of training. This program is not meant to teach refinement of commands, but instead maintain your dog’s current level without regression.
    • -$110/day
  • Public Access Test – Upon completion of our Service Dog Training Program, you may decide to pursue certification with PAWS Training Centers. The final step of our certification is the Public Access Test. This test is a collaboration of items throughout the entire Service Dog Training Program.
    • -$300 – includes an Introduction and Verbal Test (which may be taken via phone), and an in-person Skill Test
    • – Travel charges may apply:
    • Travel Charges Worksheet
  • Belly Rubs (the “Add-Ons”)
  • – Special trip to veterinarian, groomer, pick-up of specialty dog food, etc. – $65 plus travel charges and cost of service/item
  • – Phone/email/text message interaction between lessons or during “Love Me, Love My Dog” program beyond what is agreed upon in the Training Agreement = $40/30 minutes
  • – Skype/Facetime interaction between lessons or during “Love Me, Love My Dog” or “Board and Maintenance” program = $70/up to 30 minutes (minimum); $55/additional 30 minute slots during same call
  • – Email including comprehensive overview of lesson notes, feedback, and homework = $15 each
  • – Travel Charges:
  • Travel Charges Worksheet