Frequently Asked questions

How do I apply for an assistance dog?


Visit our APPLY page and read the types of dogs/training we offer, and select that dog type to read the required steps/process.




Can you train a dog/puppy I already have?


No. We do not have the resources to train dogs outside of our program.




How much does it cost to get an assistance dog?


We require clients to attend a Team Training which has a tuition fee of $5,000 to help offset some of the cost of the training. We encourage everyone to apply, and we can help you with ideas for fundraising if you cannot afford the team training tuition. We also can provide marketing items for you to use upon request. We do not decline clients based on their ability to pay this amount.




How long will it be before I get my assistance dog?


It take an average of 6 months to be accepted as a client. Finding the right dog can take months to two years, or maybe longer. We strive to place dogs as quickly as we are able, but we value finding the right dog to team with each client, more than speed of placement.




Are all PAALS dogs allowed in public places?


No. Home Skilled Companion dogs, Career Change dogs, and Facility dogs, are not granted public access.




How long does it take to train a PAALS dog?


It takes approximately 2 years to train our dogs. We expose the dogs to many situations, places and people and they participate in many community programs to aid with the training process. During this time they gain great experience and the trainers can assess their strongest abilities to match them to a waiting client.