Service Dog

What is a service dog? The United States Code of Federal Regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which took effect March 15, 2011, defines a service animal as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.”

How do I get a service dog? There are many ways to pursue service dog training. Miami dog training from Fun Paw Care is individually catered to your disability and schedule. If you are a person with a disability who would benefit from a trained service dog, we can help. Fun Paw Care trains service dogs, therapy dogs, psychiatric service dogs and emotional support animals in your home or ours to make you and your service dog as happy as possible. We improve the lives of people and their working companions.

How can I get a service dog? Fun Paw Care does not breed or sell service dogs. We help choose and train your dog to become a service dog. There are many different types of working service dogs. Fun Paw Care trains service dogs in Miami, Broward, Palm Beach, Venice Beach California and all over the country for specific tasks to mitigate a plethora of disabilities. Service dogs and other working dogs that we train are:

  • Autism Service Dogs – Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Animal-Assisted Therapy
  • Mobility dogs
  • Hearing dogs
  • Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSD)
  • Emotional Support Animals (ESA)
  • Therapy Dogs

Russell Hartstein is a member of the Member of the Disability Access Committee (D.A.C.), appointed by two consecutive Mayors, Matti Herrera Bower & incumbent Philip Levine of Miami Beach for his years of dedication and vast contribution to the community, people with disabilities and training service dogs.

A percentage of all Fun Paw Care sales goes toward volunteering and giving back via animal advocacy: rescuing and fostering homeless dogs and cats, and giving back via free community educational seminars.

Do I qualify for a service dog

If you want the very best service dog training Miami and South Florida has to offer, choose Fun Paw Care, proudly recommended by veterinarians, humane societies, and rescue organizations throughout South Florida.

Phone/Video Consultation

Service Dogs, Emotional Support Animals (ESA), Therapy Dogs, what are they and what’s the difference? If you are confused about your dog’s training criteria, your rights, or the laws regarding the different designations between different types of working dogs, this is the service for you! Service dogs, Emotional Support Animals and Therapy Dogs are not all the same or even related. If you are confused about the difference between the three different classifications/titles of dogs, the nuances, intricacies and differences between them, we will explain them to you and help you make an educated decision about what is right for you, your family and your dog.
During our phone call you will receive:

  • A personalized call from the only CDBC (Certified Dog Behavior Consultant) and CPDT (Certified Professional Dog Trainer) in Miami and one of fewer than 200 worldwide, to discuss your specific needs and help you decide what your best options are.
  • Explanation of the differences between Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Emotional Support Animals, Canine Good Citizen Test, Licensing, Regulation, and laws pertaining to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
  • Details about what is needed for a dog to live in your home, whether it be a condominium, Co-op, or a (HOA) Home Owners Association, even if the home/condominium/HOA is not dog friendly.
  • A renowned dog behavior and service dog training specialist to work with you to develop and put together a parent and dog resume to increase your dog’s odds of being accepted in a building or community that does not allow dogs or discriminates against certain sizes, breeds or quantity of dogs.
  • A review of BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) laws that may pertain to you, your dog and your county.
  • Explanation of what laws pertain to you and your dog when traveling with your pet on airplanes, trains, public transportation, subways, busses…etc.
  • Review how to prepare your dog to travel with you (national and international) and what paperwork, equipment, veterinarian clearances and training will be needed.
  • Your personal dog training protocol and training details required to achieve your goals.
  • Teachings about what all three designation are, how they pertain to you, your pet or working dog and which dog training service is right for you.
  • Straight forward solutions. Cutting through the legalese and explained in laymen’s terms the laws and rules that pertain to you and your pet or working animal.
  • Connection with a legal team that specializes in ADA, or animal/pet discrimination.
  • Follow up with relevant documentation and resources for your reference.

Don’t let all of the subtle yet important differences in training dog labels stop you from understanding your rights, the laws and the differences between a Service Dog, an Emotional Support Animal, or a Therapy Dog. Don’t fall behind when it comes to the laws and training. Don’t get ripped off online being sold useless, unnecessary “certifications”, patches, jackets, titles, or doctor notes. Keep in mind, in many states it is now a misdemeanor or felony to misrepresent your dog’s abilities and/or title.
Whether you would like a service dog trainer, emotional support animal trainer, therapy dog trainer or to learn more about the canine good citizen test or any other rules and regulation regarding dogs and working animals, we will help. Regardless if you live in Miami, Broward, Palm Beach, Los Angeles California or overseas, call today to receive the most up-to-date rules, regulations and laws as they pertain to you and your family dog, all in one place.

1 Hour – $250

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Service Dog Training

Service dogs are traditionally trained at a service dog training facility and then after a period of time are paired with a person with a disability. Although we do not sell service dogs, we offer this service listed below (Miami Dog Boarding and Service Dog Training), on a limited basis to uphold the greatest quality, guarantee and dedication given to each person and dog team. However, we also realize the deficiencies rampant in the service dog training industry with this type of service.

There are several problems with this model that Fun Paw Care recognized and rectified:

  • Lack of qualified Certified Dog Behavior Consultants (CDBC) and Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT) directing the service dog facilities to train, raise and teach service dogs
  • Proximity of the service dog locations. They are not typically close to a person’s home
  • Cost, it can cost anywhere from $15,000 – $75,000 per dog
  • Time in which it takes to receive a well-trained service dog. On average there is a long waiting list often times measured in years, not months.
  • Lack of individualization of a service dog. Yes, many disabilities require similar dog behaviors, but many disabilities are unique and individuals with these disabilities need a highly customizable training regimen to train a service dog to mitigate their disability. Autism is a great example of where the spectrum of a disability ranges greatly and where each service dog needs to be trained specifically to meet each person’s needs.
  • Service dog trainers and companies often times have poorly educated and/or unqualified staff. These service dog trainers have a subpar skill set, ethics and yield substandard results.
  • Puppy raisers – Guardian loses the bonding and connection with their pup throughout the puppies formative years.
  • Service dog not task trained
  • Age specific – Often times a service dog training facility neglects to help anyone but children. Many autism service dog organizations service youth 5-14 years old. Everyone outside of those parameters is disregarded.
  • Cookie cutter, rigid design and inflexible organizations. Dogs are often not individually task trained but rather are trained to a predetermined list of tasks.

To combat these issues and to better serve people and our community we have developed an alternative option that is a more flexible, catered service dog training program. A Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Professional service Dog Trainer (CPDT) will come to your home and work exclusively with you and your dog. This service offers individuals a customized, first class, service dog training experience without any restrictions.

1 Hour – $295 & Up

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Dog Boarding and Service Dog Training

Service dogs are traditionally trained at a service dog training facility and then after a period of time are paired with a person with a disability. We offer this service on a limited basis to uphold the greatest quality, guarantee and dedication given to each person and dog team.

We often get asked, how can I get a service dog trained in a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Professional service Dog Trainers (CPDT) home? We began offering this service to cater to the busy schedules of our clients and to offer the flexibility for people who do not have the time, desire or expertise to train a service dog, therapy dog, psychiatric service dog or emotional support animal. Because of limited space this service is limited to 1-2 dogs at a time.

  • While your pup is in our care they will receive the first class service of the All-Inclusive Miami Dog Training, Behavior Modification & Boarding.
  • In addition to the aforementioned, your service dog in training will receive:
  • Socialization
  • Enrichment
  • Public Access training
  • Task Training to your disability
  • Proofing
  • Fluency
  • Generalization
  • Habituation
  • Husbandry

2 Month Consecutive Minimum – ($12,900 per month X 2) = $25,800 & Up

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