Frequently Asked Questions
What is Dog's Nation?
Dog's Nation is a non-profit, 501 (c) organization that trains rescued dogs to become service dogs for veterans, disabled children, and persons who suffer from anxiety, PTSD and other psychiatric disorders. Although donations are greatly accepted to help cover the costs of food and other items needed for the service dogs, it is not required.
What do you charge for a service dog?
Dog's Nation does NOT charge for a service dog or training. Dog's Nation provides the service dogs to persons in need as a GIFT. It is our belief that people who have disabilities should not be charged for getting help they need.
Who is eligible to get a service dog from Dog's Nation?
Dog's Nation's first priority is to our veterans, any individual with a psychiatric disability, with documentation from a physician maybe eligible, as well as children who are physically or mentally disabled.
Is there an application process?
Yes. We first do an over the phone interview with the individual in need of a service dog so that we can gather information. Please be thinking about how you want your service dog to help you.
What are the requirements?
First you will need to provide written documentation from your physician or psychologist regarding your disability and needs. After you have been accepted, you will need to come to Dog's Nation to get to know the service dog that is being trained especially for you. During the training process, you will need to visit your service dog and do some training with it. You will need to keep in contact with Dog's Nation every 2-3 weeks either by phone, email, or instant messaging.
Can I choose my own dog or bring my dog to you for training?
Unfortunately no. The trainer, Shawn, takes time to hand pick the dog she believes would best be matched for each disability. Each dog must be temperament tested to see if the dog can handle working with each handler.
Is there a waiting list and how long do i have to wait?
Currently the wait time for training each dog is about 6 months to a year, with priority given to our veterans. Whether the service dog is going to a child or an adult, each dog must pass extensive training before being released to the new handler (you).
How long does it take to train a service dog?
A dog must be over 6 months of age before even being considered to start training, but when they are old enough the training can take anywhere from 6 months to a year here at Dog's Nation.
HOWEVER, training a service dog never stops. You as the handler must continue the service dog's training every day by making sure the service dog is doing exactly what he or she is supposed to and not be relaxed on what it is doing. For example: it is best for you and your service dog that the people around you in public not be able to pet or play with your service dog while he or she is working. This causes a distraction for the service dog and can cause problems for its handler. A service dog wants to make its handler (you) happy, so by continuing its training, you will make your service dog happy. It is recommended that about every 6 months you take a refresher course with your service dog. The refresher course does not have to be with Dog's Nation, it can be done by any dog trainer or even some place such as PetsMart. By doing this, you are keeping your service dog's service abilities sharp and on point, allowing your service dog to help you the best it can. As you and your service dog bond, you will find your service dog may be able to do more tasks for you. So keep in mind that training for a service dog is a never ending process.
Do you train the service dog to alert for low blood sugar?
No. Here at Dog's Nation we train for psychiatric disabilities, such as PTSD, and some physical disabilities. We do all the "public access" training, which means the service dog is trained to know what it can and cannot do while in public with its handler, such as how to act while in a restaurant setting, not using the restroom in stores or jumping on people when out in public.
Still have questions?
Contact us and we'll be happy to help!