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Service Dog Training

Application Information is at the bottom of the page.

Service dogs are trained to do tasks that assist a person with his or her disability. 

Handi-Dogs is an owner-trained program. Students must live in the greater Tucson, AZ area. Lessons are weekly. Training is customized for each student, and students progress at their own pace. On average it takes 12 - 18 months to complete the program. The cost averages $1,200 - $1,800, paid in increments. Total cost is dependent on how many lessons students need to reach their goals.

Note: If you need help choosing a dog to train for service work, click here.  To learn about our new Rescue to Service Dog program, click here.

Below is a listing of the types of service dog training we offer:

Diabetes Alert - teach the dog to alert to a person's glucose levels going too low or too high. Learn more.

Hearing Alert - teach the dog to respond to alarms, a phone ringing, the person's name being called, etc. 

Mobility Assistance - teach the dog to open/close doors and drawers, pick up and retrieve dropped items, provide stability while the person is walking, help a person get up from a chair or the ground, etc.  

Psychiatric - teach the dog to stop negative behavior, lead a person outside if having a panic attack in a crowded place, be a barrier to provide increased personal space for the person, etc.

We offer limited training for:

Autism - Learn more.

Seizure - Learn more.

Visual Assistance

Interested in applying to our service dog training program?

CLICK HERE  to learn more about our training program including our fees. These pages will help you decide if it might be a good fit for you, and if you have an appropriate dog.

To apply, download and complete the 3 forms below. Mail the completed forms along with your $15 consultation fee to: Handi-Dogs, 75 South Montego Drive, Tucson AZ 85710

  1. Service Dog Program Application    
  2. Veterinarian Report    
  3. Physician Statement -- Choose the appropriate form. If you are going to be training for both physical and psychiatric tasks, submit both forms:

3A. Physician Statement -- Use this form for mobility assistance, hearing alert, diabetic alert dogs
3B. Mental Health Report  -- use this form for Psychiatric Service Dogs  

3) After we receive your completed forms, our Training Manager will contact you to schedule a Consultation. You will bring your dog to our Training Center. Your dog will be assessed for temperament and appropriateness for the tasks you want to train. Our Training Manager will also help you determine if our program will be a right fit for your needs. Consultations typically last 30 - 60 minutes. Note: If your dog is new to your home, we will schedule the consultation after the dog has lived with you for 2 months, giving it time to acclimate to its new surroundings.

Questions? Need help?  Please email us at Service@Handi-Dogs.org or call 520-326-3412.

To Be or Not To Be. Our lighthearted video that shows service dogs doing several tasks and reminds us that not all dogs have the traits or desire to be a service dog.


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