Where to Find Service Dogs for Sale


Dogs are truly man’s best friend, and they become very attached to their owners, developing a deep bond that goes beyond anything that mere words can describe. However, there are many people today who need more than just a pet dog. Many people with different physical and mental disabilities and disorders need the help of an assistance dog, and there are plenty of excellent organizations that sell trained service dogs. These little furry wonders help all kinds of people with diverse needs, such as elderly individuals living alone, people with depression and severe anxiety, seizure and other medical alerts, people with lack of mobility, and people recovering from surgery or a severe accident.

In addition to receiving treatment from medical professionals, service dogs can both provide invaluable help as well as emotional support during challenging times for many people. They also help to improve the quality of life of people with mobility challenges, deafness and blindness by assisting them in their day to day activities, such as while out shopping and in restaurants. Service canines are trained in specific ways to help people who have a major physical or mental condition that severely limits a major aspect of their life, and they undergo extensive training so that they can adequately perform their jobs at all times in all places.

While service dogs dog’t replace doctors or nurses, they can help guide, see, smell, warn, and much more. They can also calm severe anxiety and help people suffering from severe depression ease back into normal life. Service animals also provide help for people after traumatic events and for soldiers returning home from stressful combat situations.

If you are looking for service dogs for sale, consider a these few points before you decide to spend any money on your new furry helper.

how service dogs are assessed before training

How Dogs Are Assessed Before Training

Some dogs are trained right from puppyhood, while others come from one of the many animal rescue shelters across the country. Many very kind dog lovers take the time to train the rescued dogs that come into their shelters (many of these animals come from absolutely deplorable conditions). Before beginning training, they assess these dogs’ personalities to see if they are suitable candidates for becoming assistance dogs. Before starting to make any dog a service dog, they will assess the animal’s temperament, friendliness towards people and other animals, age, health, amount of previous training, history and previous owners (if known). They should also ensure that their animals are spayed/neutered, microchipped, have been properly socialized and don’t show any aggression or fear towards other animals or people.


Where to Find Service Dogs for Sale

Many organizations train service animals to assist children and adults with disabilities. As every service dog is trained to perform specific tasks, it can be wise to search for an organization that specializes in helping people with that disability (for instance, if you have a child with autism, you can find a company that trains dogs to assist with the specific challenges that autism brings, or if you need a mobility assistance dog you can find an organization that trains and develops canines to help bring more independence and freedom into their handlers’ lives).

You can find dogs of many different breeds for sale, but some of them have received more training than others. Some are fully trained to assist an individual with a particular condition and to perform specific tasks, while others have only been put through basic training and will need to be given further instruction by a qualified professional assistance animal trainer.

Many disabled people have wondered “how much does a service dog cost?” Generally, the more training a service canine has received and the more specialized work it is able to do, the more expensive it will be. Prices for a rescued or fully trained service animal can range from a couple of thousand dollars to $20,000 or more, depending on the amount and quality of the training the dog has undergone. A more expensive animal is not necessarily a more capable or more thoroughly trained dog, but in usually the price will reflect the extent of the training.

A complete training program for a service animal can cost anywhere from $10,000 to upwards of $40,000, which includes the hundreds of hours of training, grooming and boarding, veterinary care,  and training tools and aids. However, some not-for-profit organizations will provide service dogs for free if you are unable to afford one, or will assist you with fundraising.

emotional support dog in hospital

Getting a Service Animal from a Non-Profit Organization

One of the best places to start to look for service dogs for sale is non-profit organizations that train assistance animals. Many of these will help you to get a service animal at no cost or very little cost through their own fundraising efforts. Most of these groups have trained service animals available, and many more will assist you if you intend to train your dog yourself.

Usually, they also provide a certain period of “introductory training”, where the handler becomes accustomed to working with the dog and learns the essential commands the dog needs to know how to obey. This will usually cover how to work with the dog during normal daily life experiences, and is an excellent way for a new assistance dog handler to become accustomed to working together with a new working animal.

wheelchair assistance dog

They may also provide books and video resources on training and working with a service animal, as well as additional one-on-one and group seminars to cover service dog laws, obedience commands, manners, etiquette and more. They can also prove a service dog harness and vest with the animal, as well service dog registration and certification within their internal database. Frequently, private instruction is also available with an assistance animal trainer to work on specific commands or handling certain unique situations that the animal encounters while with the handler.

It’s also a good idea to look for an organization that will provide help and support after a new dog has been placed with you, should the need arise.


You May Need to Travel to Get the Right Service Dog

Because there are relatively few organizations that are fully qualified and equipped to train service, therapy and emotional support dogs, you may need to travel out of state to get the right animal to suit your needs. For example, more populous states such as California and Florida have many excellent groups that provide training and instruction, whereas other less populous states have fewer dedicated assistance animal schools.


How Long Does It Take to Get a Service Dog?

Some organizations will have fully-trained animals available right away, while others have waiting lists for their dogs. If you are having a dog trained for you or you are completing the training process yourself, you will probably have to wait at least several months before the entire instruction is complete.


training a service dogPartially-Trained Assistance Dogs

Many of the service dogs you see available will only be partially trained. These animals have received their base level of training and know and understand the basic obedience commands, but haven’t been trained to do any of the specific tasks and jobs their handlers will require of them. These animals are usually screened and tested to ensure that their health, temperament and public behavior is suitable for their role as an assistance dog, and are ready to progress onto more advanced training.


Service Dog Laws in the United States

The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives service dogs the legal right to enter all public spaces in the US when accompanied by their handler. Anyone who has a qualifying disability has the right to receive and use a service animal, and to receive the appropriate amount of instruction in the care, handling and control of the animal. Additionally, any breed, size or age of dog can become a service dog, and ADA prevents discrimination against any kind of service animal or any individual with a service animal in the US.

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