I’ve tried to break down the costs as best as I can below. Please note that these are estimates of costs just during the training process of your service dog. This is a long-term process that, on average, takes 1 ½ - 2 years or more to complete. These estimates do not include costs of upkeep and maintenance once your dog is fully trained:
Cost of the Dog
Whatever route you decide to go, between the fees of paying a trainer to help you find the right dog, adoption fees, purchasing costs, etc. you can be looking at anywhere from $200-$5,000
A High Quality Diet
Many people don't know how to do the proper socialization and exposure work needed for service dog work. When it comes to public access training there are a lot of laws, regulations, and standards that if you are not aware of can get you into trouble. When it comes to task training, there are things that, if not approached properly and correctly, can be dangerous to you and/or your dog. There are a lot of tasks as well that just because you can train them, doesn't mean you should! So enlisting the help of an experienced, LIMA based service dog trainer who can walk you through the ins and outs of everything is a MUST.
If you already have a lot of dog training experience, you may only need assistance occasionally (at least once a month is recommended). Most people will need help much more frequently (weekly or every other week, and sometimes more). Enrolling in group classes and socialization classes is also a good idea to help keep your skills up and keep your dog socialized to other dogs.
Over all, depending on the prices of the training program you have chosen, as well as exactly how much assistance you are needing, you should expect anywhere from $3,500-$20,000 for training over the next 2 years.
Specialty Gear and Equipment
So How Much DOES it Cost to Train a Service Dog?
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