Thank you for your interest in a mobility, hearing or facility dog. Currently, we use Labrador and Golden Retrievers because of their excellent disposition and willingness to perform the tasks necessary of a working dog. We do not train personal dogs to be Assistance Dogs.
Due to the specialized nature of Duo Dog’s training program we are limited in the type of Assistance Dogs we are able to place.
- Duo Dogs does not train Guide Dogs for individuals who are blind.
- Duo Dogs does not train Medical Alert service dogs and are unable to act as a Medical Alert dog. They are not trained to notify their human partners or caregivers of a migraine, seizure, diabetic emergency or any other kind of medical emergency.
- Duo Dogs does not train Balance Assistance Dogs. Duo dogs are not trained to provide balance support and are unable to tolerate body weight during standing, ambulation or stair climbing, to provide any type of bracing for fall prevention or transferring (in/out of a chair, getting up from a floor, etc.). To do so would injure the dog or endanger the client.
- Duo Dogs does not train Emotional Support dogs or Psychiatric Assistance Dogs. Duo Dogs are not considered Psychiatric Assistance Dogs and are not trained to alleviate the symptoms of Anxiety, Autism, PTSD, or any other mental health diagnoses nor are they or can they be trained to provide personal protection. As emotional support dogs are NOT covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, we would recommend looking into a Psychiatric Assistance Dog.
Need another kind of Assistance Dog? Visit www.assistancedogsinternational.org for a list of accredited Assistance Dog organizations.
General Eligibility Requirements
The applicant(s) must be able to care for and cover the cost of the dog’s basic daily needs, veterinary needs and extended needs including exercise and enrichment. ALL applicants must have the cognitive ability and working memory necessary to coordinate care for the dog, learn and implement a complex sequence of commands paired with physical redirection. We require ALL applicants and those residing in their households aged 18+ to complete a background check. Applicants for Assistance Dogs must have received documentation of diagnosis of a disability/disabling condition at least ONE YEAR PRIOR to application. ALL applicants are required to attend Team Training and purchase the Assistance Dog Equipment Kit.
Mobility Assistance Dog
The Assistance Dog must perform specialized tasks that mitigate the symptoms of disability that cause functional limitation. No hired care giver or Personal Attendant will be permitted to be the sole handler of, or the responsible party for, the dog for any certified team.
Mobility Assistance Dog – Child Applicant
In addition to the requirements stated above, placements made with children ages 6 to 17 must be a Family Placement; with the guardian certified as the handler. In a Family Placement the parent or guardian must accompany the child in public when the dog is present in order for the public access to be covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. As the parent or guardian is the handler of the dog when out in public, the Assistance Dog DOES NOT attend school with the child.
Hearing Assistance Dog
Applicant must be able to provide current Audiogram. Duo Dogs does not place Hearing Dogs with individuals under the age of 18. Hearing Dogs placed must be the exclusive dog in the home. Duo Dogs can only alert you to noises they are trained to identify, for example the phone, door bell, your name, smoke detector etc.; our dog cannot alert you to sudden noises, provide traffic safety, or provide personal security.
ALL facility applicants must serve physically, psychologically or socially at-risk/vulnerable populations. The dog is used as an adjunct or complement to therapeutic interactions by licensed or certified workers that have been trained as handlers by Duo Dogs. Each facility must provide a minimum of 2 certified handlers that will complete training. Please note that Facility Dogs do not have public access and do not fall under the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Please complete the brief questionnaire below in detail so the eligibility team at Duo Dogs can determine our ability to serve you, and identify which type of Assistance Dog will best suit your needs. Please note, submitting this questionnaire is not a guarantee that Duo Dogs will be able to serve you. If your inquiry meets our eligibility guidelines, a full application will be sent to you for completion.