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K9 Partners: Human/Dog Certification

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We offer certification for:

Basic K9 obedience
Advanced K9 obedience

Service Dog Certification (see below)

Puppy Kindergarten/basic (up to 14 weeks)

Our certifications include:

Introductory class and workshops completion certificate

Advanced class and workshops completion certificate

Service dog owner-training completion certificate

K9 Service Partners Graduation Certificate 
(Service dog trained by Talking K9 staff) 

How long does it take to train a Service Dog?
Assistance Dogs International approximates 120 hours over 6 months. A well-trained Service Dog should be trained 1 to 2 hours per day over 6 months - in other words 180 to 360 hours.

At Talking K9 and K9PAWS,  we train an average of 2-5 hours per day over a 6 month to 12 month period - in other words, 180 to 1800 hours, depending on the situation.  These hours include classroom hours, public outdoor hours, and at home manners with service behaviors.  

The service team is together 24/7, so the dog's behaviors and actions must be reliable 90-100% of the time.


Minimum Standards for 
Training Service Dogs

These are intended to be minimum standards for all assistance dog programs that are members or provisional members with Assistance Dogs International/ ADI. All programs are encouraged to work at levels above the minimums.

  1. The service dog must respond to commands (basic obedience and skilled tasks) from the client 90% of the time on the first ask in all public and home environments.
  2. The service dog should demonstrate basic obedience skills by responding to voice and/or hand signals for sitting, staying in place, lying down, walking in a controlled position near the client and coming to the client when called.
  3. The service dog must meet all of the standards as laid out in the minimum standards for Assistance Dogs in Public and should be equally well behaved in the home.
  4. The service dog must be trained to perform at least 3 tasks to mitigate the client's disability
  5. The client must be provided with enough instruction to be able to meet the ADI Minimum Standards for Assistance Dogs in Public. The client must be able to demonstrate:
    • That their dog can perform at least 3 tasks.
    • Knowledge of acceptable training techniques.
    • An understanding of canine care and health.
    • The ability to maintain training, problem solve, and continue to train/add new skills (as required) with their service dog.
    • Knowledge of local access laws and appropriate public behavior.
  6. The assistance dog program must document monthly follow ups with clients for the first 6 months following placement. Personal contact will be done by qualified staff or program volunteer within 12 months of graduation and annually thereafter.
  7. Identification of the service dog will be accomplished with the laminated ID card with a photo(s) and names of the dog and partner. In public the dog must wear a cape, harness, backpack, or other similar piece of equipment or clothing with a logo that is clear and easy to read and identifiable as assistance dogs.
  8. The program staff must demonstrate knowledge of the client's disabilities in relation to the services they provide. The program shall make available to staff and volunteers educational material on different disabilities.
  9. The client must abide by the ADI Minimum Standards of Assistance Dog Partners.
  10. Prior to placement every service dog must meet the ADI Standards and Ethics Regarding Dogs, be spayed/neutered and have current vaccination certificates as determined by their veterinarian and applicable laws. It is the program's responsibility to inform the client of any special health or maintenance care requirements for each dog.

At Talking K9, our intro class is FREE!  You will learn via video and hands on training all the steps to:

 train your dog in 5-10 minutes a day sessions
 and/or Perfect Paws in 5 days.

Buyer Beware!

The Department of Justice, Americans with Disabilities Act, does not require a certificate of any sort, nor special signage, for a service animal. Airports and buildings under Federal authority have special requirements, and a doctor's letter or other documents may be required for entry or air travel, so be sure to check with the airline or agency for that issue.

 Frequently, service dogs wear a cape, bandana, or vest with signage for the convenience of the handler.  Additionally, there is no legal requirement for either the handler or the service animal to produce any document with regard to their civil rights to have a service animal with them most places.

As a matter of confidence, however, the disabled person may wish to engage in special training for owner-trained service animals or secure the specialized training by a knowledgeable service dog training professional.

WORD OF WARNING:  Some training facilities, stores, etc. offer information cards for the disabled person's convenience, or will produce a badge or certificate as a courtesy to show at a store or public place.  It is not recognized by the ADA, and frankly, anyone can create a badge and pretend it is "official" as you may learn when you call the ADA hotline below.

Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. Service animals are working animals, not pets. 

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), businesses and organizations that serve the public must allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals into all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed to go. This federal law applies to all businesses open to the public, including restaurants, hotels, taxis and shuttles, grocery and department stores, hospitals and medical offices, theaters, health clubs, parks, and zoos.

Q: What are the laws that apply to my business?

A: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), privately owned businesses that serve the public, such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, taxicabs, theaters, concert halls, and sports facilities, are prohibited from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. The ADA requires these businesses to allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals onto business premises in whatever areas customers are generally allowed.

If you have further questions about service animals or other requirements of the ADA, you may call the U.S. Department of Justice's toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TDD).

Each state or city may have guidelines, but the Federal Law  is upheld over any local law.

Click here to see an example of Colorado guidelines.

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This is a link to purchase a dvd to train your dog in 5 days.  Basic commands, well worth the 5 minutes or so a day - the dogs learn really fast with this method, "Perfect paws in 5 days":

Call or email for further information:  719-258-8041

Or, call Colorado Service Dogs - that's where we got our training:  303-622-9382

We also recommend Colorado Service Dogs for the Denver area.