Client Application

I need an assistance dog, so what do I do now?

Receiving a service dog is a life changing event. In order to ensure that you will be placed with a companion that will best fit your needs and personality, we require some information to help us make that match a success. We know at times the application process may seem tedious, but rest assured the extra effort will pay off with a service dog that has been trained to empower you for independence!

At this time, new applications are ‘on hold’.  We will re-open applications within a month or so and there are some things you can do to prepare for that time.   Power Paws requires a Physicians Prescription ahead of a completed Application.  We aim to provide an Assistance Dog which meets the criteria of the most respected organizations such as AKC (American Kennel Club) CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and Urban CGC in terms of comprehensive training.  ADA requires that a service or assistance dog perform work or taks that are directly related to the individual’s  disability.  Power Paws is dedicated to achieve these objectives.

Do I qualify for a Power Paws Assistance Dog?
Power Paws dogs are trained for diabetic alert, mobility assistance, and PTSS (post traumatic stress syndrome, previously known as PTSD) for civilians and Veterans. Power Paws does not place dogs for autism, seizures, hearing, seeing, or emotional support.  To search for Organizations that train in these areas, visit www.assistancedogsinternational.org.

Is there a charge for an Assistance Dog through Power Paws?
Our dogs go through a minimum of 7,500 training hours in their first two years of training. Once a dog is identified for a Client, that dog will spend another three to six months in Advance Training learning specific skills and behaviors needed by the Client. We work very hard to keep the cost of a Power Paws dog at a minimum. Our research shows that many other Organizations charge upwards of $35,000 for a single dog. The cost of a Power Paws Assistance Dog is $10,000 and includes all training, medical care, and a two week Team Training during which the Client and dog work together in real life situations. We have a number of payment options available to help manage these costs. Clients can also raise funds through private fundraising, sponsorships, and grants.

We look forward to working with you!