How much does a service dog cost?
Fully trained service dog costs vary depending on factors. What you want your dog to do, how far away you are from our facility in Sparta WI, your preferences for breed of dog, and how often you are willing to come to us for your follow up training vs. us coming to you will help determine the final cost.
Fully trained dogs generally cost between $15,000 and $25,000. We believe that finances shouldn’t stop anyone who needs a service dog from obtaining one, so we offer payment plans and help with fundraising. In our experience, families have not had problems raising most of the needed money through fundraising if they cannot afford to pay for their dog out of pocket.
The best way to learn exactly how much a service dog will cost is to fill our our preliminary application and schedule your free consultation (held either in person or over the phone).
How do I raise money?
If you need to fundraise, we will be there every step of the way to help you out.
Here are just a few of the ways our families have successfully raised the money they needed:
- Running a go fund me account.
- Setting up an Amazon affiliate link
- Help with fundraisers from churches or other community organizations.
- Pancake breakfast
- Community garage sales
- Fundraising dinners and raffles
- Halloween carnivals
Why do your dogs and training programs cost so much?
Training a service dog and teaching their people properly is expensive, and we take the responsibility of training service dogs very seriously. That’s why we work with a very limited number of families each year so we can give each and every person and dog the one-on-one attention they need.
We invest hundreds of hours of training in each dog and hundreds more caring for them. We also invest thousands of dollars in extensive health testing, high quality dog food, treats, and training supplies into each dog. We also include lifetime support and yearly recertification at no extra cost to you.
Do you certify service dogs?
Certification is not required by law. However, service dog rights are legally protected under many federal and state laws making it important for service dogs to behave in a safe and reliable manner in public. For this reason, My Dog and Me service dog teams must pass various levels of testing starting with the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test and the AKC Community Canine Test followed by a rigorous Public Access test based on the minimum standards set by the industry. Recertification is required annually.
We do not certify service dogs that have not come through one of our training programs.
How long is your wait time for a fully trained dog?
Our average wait time from the time we receive a deposit to the time a dog is placed in their new home is usually about 6-10 months.
Where do your dogs come from?
After getting to know you we find and train a dog specifically to match your needs, lifestyle and preferences (including coat type and breed when possible). To do this we don’t limit ourselves to dogs of certain breeds or dogs from certain breeders. Instead, we routinely find and train dogs of all breeds from shelters, rescue groups, and breeders. This allows us to find a dog most likely to do well with you in as short a time as possible.
Do you train labradoodles?
Whenever possible, we will take your breed preferences and coat preferences into account when training a dog for you. That includes doodles and other non-shedding breeds.
How do I know my service dog will be healthy?
We take the health of our dogs very seriously. Not only do we care deeply for all our dogs and want them to be healthy, we also want our dogs to be able to work for as long as possible, and that requires good health. This means that while our dogs are with us they will receive top-notch veterinary care and before they are placed in their new homes they will receive:
- Testing for their eyes, elbows, and hips
- Heartworm testing
- Intestinal parasite screen
- Full physical exam
- Full blood panel to check
- All dogs will come with a certificate of health upon placement in their new homes and come with a health gaurantee
Do you place dogs with children?
Yes, we place service dogs with people of all ages.
I don’t live near your facility will you still place a dog with me? I live outside of Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Northern Illinois, will you still place a dog with me?
Yes. While we usually work with families within 5 hours of our facility in Sparta, we can work with families living anywhere in the United States. However, there may be extra travel fees including but not limited to mileage, hotel, airfare etc. Contact us if you live outside our general service area for more information.
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