Service Dog Training

If you are looking for specialized Service Dog training, the professional trainers and programs at Misty Pines can help prepare you and your dog for the necessary requirements.

All dogs that are to be Misty Pines Certified Service Dogs will need a valid prescription for a service dog from a doctor and will need to complete four main components.

Service Dog Training Requirements

Obedience and Manners

It is expected that dogs looking to become certified have a high level of obedience and manners in a multitude of situations. Our group classes build a solid obedience foundation that has practical applications for pets and working Service Dogs alike. If you are starting out with a puppy, more classes may be necessary to build these skills. Adult dogs that have already started with obedience skills may not need many classes. To begin this process, you will attend an orientation and then begin into group obedience classes.  Dogs over 8 months that already have a foundation of obedience may attend the CGC/MPTD/Service Dog Preparation Classes. It will be important for you to talk with a trainer when you come for classes to discuss your goals and needs, such as retrieving or scent searching.

Canine Good Citizen Test

Passing the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test is the second component of Misty Pines Service Dog certification. Dogs that pass this test have demonstrated that they are able to perform appropriate obedience and manners in the home and out in the community. Misty Pines offers CGC Prep Classes to help prepare you for the exam, which we host quarterly.

Misty Pines Therapy Dog Test

A Therapy Dog must demonstrate basic obedience commands and be under control at all times, including high distraction situations involving medical equipment such as wheel chairs, crutches, walkers and more.

Public Access Test

The Misty Pines Public Access Test is the final component of Service Dog Certification. Dogs need to receive a minimum of 120 hours of schooling over 6 months or more, and at least 30 hours devoted to outings in public places. The test will contain exercises to be executed around vehicles, retail stores, and a restaurant setting. The owner will need to provide a disability letter from their doctor and show proof of Service Dog Insurance through their home owner’s insurance prior to scheduling the Public Access Test.

If you are interested in getting more information or have questions regarding training your dog through Misty Pines to be a service dog please click the link to fill out a request form.  Once received please allow up to 5 business days for a response.

All Service Dogs in training must be outfitted with an appropriate vest and patch designation. Please refer to the websites below regarding Service Dog ID cards and vests.

Dog/handler teams will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the Public Access Test. Completion of all 4 components may take 1-2 years depending on the dog’s manners and maturity, as well as socialization around other dogs and people. It is imperative to have a well-socialized dog for service certification. 

Please note: Service Dogs CAN be Therapy dogs (TD).