What we offer :
Forums to look for potential Service dogs in training candidates.
Forums to post for individuals looking for a service dog
Forums to offer support and training help
In the community:
Meetings : how to get started, general information on the process of obtaining, training and maintaining a service dog.
Help you in your search for a potential dog or puppy you are interested in
owning for service dog training
Capital Region experiences with a service dog in training
-Basic obedience training classes
- Advanced training help, most task training, tips or referal services
- Public access training
-Loaned out service dog equipment
-Discover the places in the Capital Region that go out of their way for clients or customers
Individuals or family members are responsible for:
Filling out any paperwork, paying any adoption fees (unless the animal is free), and any other necessary
requirements from the place you are adopting your dog from.
If you already have a dog/puppy you want in the program that dog/puppy must be evaluated prior to acceptance into
All medical expenses for your puppy or dog, including current vaccinations, and spay/neuter surgery.
Presenting a clean, well groomed, HOUSEBROKEN, animal at all public outings or trainings.
Making sure your puppy or dog is registered/licensed in your area.
Purchasing service dog ID tags (about $10 ), Purchasing service dog vest (range from $20-$100)
Working with your dog, sdit candidate, 1-2 hours a day, following through on what was learned.
* Each individual's dog must pass each training section in order to progress through the entire service dog program.
Developing goals, that you need your service dog in training, to meet for your disability.
Having documentation on file with a physician , psychiatrist or other medical profession about your disability.
Having documentation on file that your dog has all of its medical needs met (shots, spay/ neuter,etc).
We will not take in any dogs to the program who reside with dogs who bite or are aggressive. Your service dog will be your partner in life and deserves to be in a safe environment and have good role models. Remember other dogs can influence your own dog. It is highly recomended that socialization of a service dog or a service dog in training is limited to other dogs whom the owner knows well and the other dogs are not presenting with behavioral issues/aggression/etc.
Filling out the paperwork to be in our program. Please remember if we hold a spot for you, we need you to attend training (you must have transportation) and follow through on your end with your puppy or dog (plan to have someone to help work on weekly homework training). We can only help so many people who have asked for our services so please follow through.
As a potential candidate, you need to ask yourself:
"Do I have time in the next 1-2 years (depending on the dogs age, your disabilities, and trainability) to work with trainers as well as following through myself/(yourself) in order to give this dog the proper time to train?"
** Do I follow through on the things I start?
Thank you very very much for all who have helped us develop this organization:
Alicia Yanklowitz (Founder) : Training
Dianne Sally : Dog Matching/Facebook website
Anne: Our beloved 2012 volunteer who keeps us organized
Jennifer Blanchard: Training
Laura Saunders : Companion Dog matching
Lori Rourke: Dog matching
Tina Lavery: Epilepsy -In service
Nancy Stroud : Legal Counsel
11th Hour Rescue: Canine Donation
Abelson Test Prep: Service dog Vest Donation
Colonie Town Library: Meeting space
send all inquiries and email to : email@example.com