Paying it forward, one paw at a time!
The Midnight Sun Service Dogs Owner/Self-Training Service Dog course is designed to train clients and their own dogs that have completed the Owner/Self-Training application process. Self training your own service dog is an in-depth process requiring great discipline. Please review all the information to determine whether it is something you feel you and your dog would like to pursue. The application is a standard piece of the MSSD process, to assess and meet identified client needs.
After a thorough application and interview/evaluation of both the client and their dog has been completed, accepted client/dog teams are enrolled into the MSSD Owner/Self-Training Course. This weekly training is taught in Anchorage for a minimum of 40 weeks, during which client/owner and dog are trained in service dog behaviors, commands and service dog management skills. Successful graduates pass the ADI Public Access certification test. Some client/owner/dog teams require more extensive training, and that is determined during the course.
If you do not already have a dog to train with and are interested in doing a self trainer course, MSSD will assist you in finding a dog/puppy that will best be suited for your specific need. These dogs can come from a variety of sources such as, MSSD puppy raisers, breeders, local shelters and such.
If owner/self trainer is has more than 2 consecutive unexcused absences from training, MSSD may required them to re-enter program from beginning.
THE COMPLETED APPLICATION PROCESS MUST INCLUDE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING
Frequently Asked Questions
Owner Self Training has been designed to help clients train their own dog for service work and gain necessary service dog handling skills. While this may be a good choice for some people with disabilities needing the help of a service dog, it is not for everyone.
Here are some very important points to consider in deciding whether MSSD Owner Self Training may be the right choice:
How is the Owner Self Training Course structured?
What is the time commitment needed for this training?
With all this work, is it guaranteed that an Owner Self Trained dog will become a service dog with public access?
What sorts of clients are most successful in the Owner Self Training Course?
What sorts of dogs are most successful in the Owner Self Training Course?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application packet or call the office listed under the Contact Us page.
The Americans with Disabilities Law is very clear with stating that individuals may train there own service dogs:
Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA) Title III, 28 CFR Section 36.104, defines a service animal as any animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Individuals under this law can be accompanied by their service animal in public places. The ADA does not require “certification” or proof of the service dog’s training (see also ACAA of 1986).
Alaska Statutes 18.104.22.168.76.130. Interference with rights of physically or mentally challenged person.
ADA allows any person with a disability train their own service animal. The law does not require that the animal be registered with any program, organization, state or local agency.
AS 11.76.133 Interference with the training of a service Animal (a) A person commits the crime of interference with the training of a service animal if the person intentionally prevents or restricts a person who is authorized to train a service animal from being accompanied by an animal that is identified as being in training to be a service animal or assesses an extra charge because of the animal in a public facility except as provided in the (b) and (c) of this section.
It is the vision of Midnight Sun Service Dogs to help guide self trainers of service dogs through this process with educational materials, resources, training classes and support groups.