>> Costs of a Service Dog<<
There are basically three ways to obtain a Service Dog.
Service Dogs are a considerable expense.
Even if you magically had your service dog beside you at this moment, many owners report spending between $3,000.00 to $4,000.00 per year.
Some of these costs include:
- Food ($200.00 - $600.00 depending on quality and quantity)
- Medical bills $100.00, plus (heart-worm and flea/tick preventative medications which cost $60.00-$100.00 and $200.00 respectively) per year
- Continuing training (when asked "Isn't your Service Dog fully trained?", one of our clients replies "When will you be done raising your children?")
- Medical insurance ($20.00-$75.00 per month depending on coverage and deductible), and toys (some 'indestructible' chew toys are as much as $45.00)
>> The Program Dog
A Program Dog is a Service Dog that you get from an organization that specializes in the raising and training of Service dogs. Typically these Service Dogs cost between $20,000.00 - $50,000.00 (depending on the complexity and number of tasks that the Service Dog needs to perform).
Why so much?
- Usually a puppy of a "stable & trainable breed" is obtained from a reputable breeder ($500.00 - $1,500, but they may pay less due to 'wholesale' cost)
- They have to pay for:
- food - about $200.00 - $600.00 per year, depending on quality and quantity
- lodging - about $20.00 per day, 2 years = 750 days = $15,000
- vaccinations - about $100
- spaying or neutering - $75 - $125
- other medical costs - about $100.00, plus heart-worm and flea/tick preventative medications which cost $60.00-$100.00 and $200.00 respectively per year
- train the puppy (house training, and 'standard' commands) about $120
- socialize the puppy with other people and dogs (this means taking the puppy out in the public (or dog parks) to meet "the world"
- and they have to continue or maintain training until the puppy matures to "adulthood" about 2 years (remember that they are a business and have to pay rent/mortgage, utilities and employees all this time)
- Upon reaching adulthood, the potential Service Dog has reached an intelligence level and they can begin specific specialized task training at about $75 for each task typically 5 tasks = $375
- Then they have to administer a successful Public Access Test and contact 'you', have you come to meet the potential Service Dog and if a successful match, they will 'train' you for about a week (you will be responsible for the additional costs of transportation, food and lodging) on the commands that were used in training
Note: If it is not a match, they have to 'hope' that they have another potential customer who needs a Service Dog with similar specialized task training.
Additioinally, the potential Service Dog could be attacked in public by a pet dog and the injuries or experienced trauma may prevent them from becoming a Service Dog.
All that money spent on raising and training is for nothing. Now it can only be sold as a well trained pet.
>> The College Dog
You will supply the potential Service Dog (which has been obedience trained and received a Canine Good Citizen Award) and transport your dog to the organization for "an interview".
They may inform you that your dog is accepted, or they may not (if your dog is accepted at a later date, you will have to transport your dog to the organization for training.
They will train your potential Service Dog with specific specialized training for the tasks you need him or her to perform.
The organization typically can complete the training within 2 - 3 months. Then you have to go there and they will 'train' you for about a week (you will be responsible for the additional costs of transportation, food and lodging) on the commands that were used in training.
NOTE: If your dog gets into a fight with another dog at the facility, and due the injuries or experienced trauma, is unable to become a service dog, it is likely that the facility is NOT responsible. Please read through the terms of your contract with the facility.
The cost depends on the complexity and number of tasks that the Service Dog needs to perform and will range from $4,000.00 - $12,000.00.
>> Our Program
Rather than covering our program and expenses in-depth on this page, you are invited to view our Services & Cost page by clicking here.