Frequently Asked Questions about Service Dogs

How long does it take to get a Service Dog?

Currently, MHSD does not have a waiting list. We locate a service dog for each individual once the application has been accepted, contract signed, and deposit paid. The search has taken up to 6 months to locate the right service dog for you. The average return is approximately 4-6 weeks.

How much does the Service Dog cost?

Currently, our service dogs for veterans are $10,000, and $15,500 for non-veterans. A deposit of $1,500 is required. The remaining balance can be paid in monthly installments for 24 months with no financing charges.

How long is Service Dog training?

For puppies the average training period is about 16-18 months. For older dogs (one year old and up), the average training period is 2-6 months, depending on the dog.

What breed of dogs do you use?

We are currently training German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and the mixes of the three.

Will you help someone train a dog they already have?

Yes, we will help train your dog. One of our trainers will meet the dog and perform a temperament test. If your dog passes, then we will help the owner train his or her own dog.

Do we have to come to you to get the dog?

Presently, we are training service dogs and then delivering them to the new client. This includes coming to the client and training with them on a regular basis within a reasonable mileage radius of our office. Please contact us to discuss your situation.

Do you rescue dogs and use them in your program?

Yes, we are currently working with several rescues in our effort to better serve our animals who will be trained to better serve you.