A Green Dog is one that has a good foundation of skills, training, socialization, & medical clearances to become a Service Dog but needs the final disability specific training. So the dog is a little green (inexperienced) and still fresh in it's training.
This program is a good mid-priced option that coupled with the Owner Trained Program gives allows a Client the ability to get a great dog at an affordable cost and be able to learn how to finish the training specific to your needs.
This program gives you a dog that is healthy, has a good basis of socialization, and basic training. This drastically shortens the timeframe of training to get to the final level required to become a service dog.
Depending on the initial training of the Green Dog, this can shorten the final training time to approximately 350-400 hours verses 1,800 to 2,000 hours if you started with a young puppy.
Depending on the training level of the Green Dog, the costs vary with their level of training. So if your budget is a little tight, then a dog that has less training and more inexperience will be more your speed and a lower costs than a dog that has gone through advanced training.
Costs for a Green dog can vary between $10,000 to $15,000+ depending on various factors.
Prior to placement, all Service Dogs and Green Dogs go through extensive medical testing in addition to our careful breeding practices to ensure that they are healthy as possible. This testing by a licensed veterinarian looks at a variety of factors including:
*Vision & Hearing Checks,
*Extensive blood tests,
* and many other factors...
We currently have Green Dogs & training programs for the following disabilities:
The costs for the Green Dog vary depending on age of the dog as well as the level of training of the dog that best matches your needs.
A young 8 week old puppy typically ranges $2,500 to $3,500. An older 12-16 month puppy may run $12,000 -$18,000 depending on the training.
The age of the Green Dog varies significantly from a young 8 week old pup to up to 4 years of age. The typical age of most of our Green dogs is 12 to 16 months of age.
We only have limited number of green dogs and young puppies available at any one time. To best find out our current inventory, please give us a call at (480) 508-7381.
If we do have several options available, it will typically take 3 to 6 weeks after the home interview, contracts, and funding. This allows us time to have the pup neutered or spayed along with a full recovery before delivery to you.
It varies depending on the starting status of the Green Dog.
For those that start with a young 8 week old pup, the training process can take 12 to 18 months.
Those who select a higher priced, more experienced pup, will have a shorter training time frame. Approximately 120-350+ hours.
We can help you with the final disability specific training through our Owner Trained Service Dog Program library & coaching. It will walk you through the training that your Green Dog has already received as well as the steps to help them with your particular disability.
To begin this process we need you to submit an application for a dog. This application process will give us the information to best match a potential dog to your lifestyle, personality, and disability needs.
You can request a Green Dog Toolkit below with all the materials to get started.
This is a 90 minute session where one of our Service Dog specialists will travel to you with a potential Green Dog that matches the information in your application. During this time we assess the potential match; safety issues around the home; and your particular need for a service dog. We will walk you through the entire process so that you are comfortable with the program.
Once we accept you into the program and match you with a pup, you would complete the purchase of both the pup and the annual subscription to our Owner Trained Program.
At this point you would start the bonding process & final disability specific training. This process can take 120-500 hours depending on a variety of factors..
When your service dog and yourself are ready for final Certification, call our staff to arrange a private testing session or join one of our group certification days.
This will be where you would take both a written exam, as well as the Public Access Test required of all Service Dog Teams covered under the ADA.