Service dogs are specially trained for families of children with autism and related disabilities. All service dogs are placed as teams of three that include the dog, child, and a parent/caregiver who lives with the child and serves as the primary dog handler.
Service dogs are placed as teams of three with families of children with autism and related diagnoses, such as but not limited to Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Apraxia, and ADHD. Good Dogs are specifically trained to perform tasks to mitigate these disabilities.
We believe that each family should be considered individually. Just as our kids are one-of-a-kind, so is each family's situation.
Read our full client eligibility policy here.
COST OF A DOG
How much does it cost to change a life? Good Dog! needs to raise $26,000 to raise, care and train each dog as well as educate and support each family. With the help of our Family Fundraising Director, families accepted into the Good Dog! program pay or fundraise $16,000. The remaining $10,000 is provided to families in need, through the Good Dog! Scholarship Fund.
We have seen that the love and support that families receive through fundraising can be a healing process in itself.
Families must also cover the cost of travel, lodging, and food for the 5-day Team Training in San Diego, CA.
We use only positive training methods for our dogs, no prong collars, collar corrections or fear or pain-based training of any kind. We use Bonnie Bergin's training methods and philosophies as taught at Bergin University of Canine Studies.
We are a candidate of Assistance Dogs International and follow their guidelines for dog training and care, and team and support standards.