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As the demand for Assistance Dogs increases so does the need for knowledgeable and competent trainers. It is becoming evident that some individuals entering the service dog industry have little experience in the field, even though their web sites may claim otherwise.

Obtaining an Assistance Dog is a major commitment and one that requires thorough research and investigation.

In an effort to increase consumer awareness regarding false, misleading and deceptive statements, All Purpose Canines, Inc. suggests the following guidelines when seeking information about service dog organizations and/or trainers.

1. Carefully read all the information on the web site. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
2. Does the web site contain pertinent information or does it have poorly written stories that play toward your personal needs or experiences?
3. Ask for all the trainers credentials (how long have they been in the industry, what is their background, etc).
4. It is suggested that you check with the Secretary of State (state where the organization is located) for information regarding the date the organization was incorporated and any other pertinent information. Check with the State Attorney Generals office for information regarding any complaints that may be on file. 
  5. Are the dogs screened for genetic diseases such as hip dysplasia, heart and eye problems? Are they vaccinated and parasite free.? Are they spayed or neutered? Are copies of veterinarian records given to you at time of placement?
  6. Contact a number of Assistance Dog providers asking the same questions of each one. Compare your answers and choose the one that best fits your needs. If you have any doubts or concerns investigate  further.  Remember, it does take time to properly train any assistance dog.

The vast majority of Assistance Dog organizations and trainers are highly reputable, experienced professionals, working exceedingly hard to fill the tremendous need for properly  trained dogs.  It is only a very few that have ventured into the service dog industry for all the wrong reasons.


APC is a provider member of  IAADP (International Association of Assistance Dog Partners)

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