CST Service Dogs are placed with disabled clients over the age of 16 who have various disabilities including Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Limited Mobility, and more. In addition, these dogs help to serve as an ice-breaker in public situations and provide constant companionship for their partners.
At this time we do not provide dogs for Autism, Diabetes or Seizure Alert.
Service dogs are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities such as walking with/beside a wheelchair or walker, retrieving dropped items, turning lights on/off, opening/closing doors & pressing elevator buttons, pulling off socks/sweater, barking to alert for help in emergencies.
All dogs accepted into the training program must pass rigorous health and temperament tests. These dogs are either part of the CST breeding program, are donated by private breeders or are rescued from various shelters/rescues.
CST adheres to the highest standards of training, behavior, temperament, and health for our Service Dogs. ALL of our trainers are committed to humane treatment of our dogs at every level of training.
The dogs are raised for the first 18 months of their lives by volunteer Puppy Raisers who provide the foundation of the puppies training & socialization. After the Raiser turns in the dog, it then goes on to one of our Prison Dog Programs where they will be paired with an Inmate Trainer who will work with it for 4-6 months.
Upon completion of training, CST Service Dogs have learned a combination of 70 unique commands! Our qualification standards for each dog are very high. The Service Dogs that complete our program and are placed with a disabled client are truly the ELITE in their field.
Service dogs are not pets.
COST: (CST DOGS ONLY)
Application: $50 non-refundable Application fee with your completed application.
Placement: Once a potential
match has been identified, the applicant will be expected to contribute towards a portion of the cost of preparing the service dog during the two years it is in the training program. The placement
fee is $6,500.00 and is to be paid in full before the 1st day of Team Training.
*If you are a veteran, please click this link to take you to the PAWZ page.
You will be required to travel to CST for 12 days of Team Training (travel, lodging, meals, & activities are your responsibility) and for your yearly re-certification, which costs $100.00 a year (recertification fee waived for PAWZ cleints).
Our certified trainers will temperament test the dog at our facility, in your home (or shelter) and in public to determine if s/he will qualify for our Outside Certification Program.
This program includes unlimited access to our AKC Canine Good Citizen & Urban Dog group courses, skills training specific to your needs/disabilities and six (6) individual training sessions. When determined by our Training Staff, you and your dog will take the Public Access Test (PAT). Upon successful completion of the PAT, you will be issued a CST identification card, collar and CST Branded vest.
Application: Include a $50 non-refundable Application fee with your completed application.
Evaluation Fee: $75 non-refundable. ALL dogs MUST be evaluated prior to consideration for Outside Certification - NO EXCEPTIONS. Not all dogs will qualify. Your dog will be evaluated by our professional training staff. Dogs will only be accepted for our outside certification program if our trainers find the dog to be of suitable temperament and training for service work. Many dogs make great pets but not all make good Service Dogs. Liability constraints exclude certain breeds: Rottweilers, Pitt Bulls and other bully/protection breeds. Puppies in training will be re-evaluated at 6 and 18 months (no additional fee).
Training/Certification Fee: $2500 This will provide six (6) private training sessions with a CST trainer and unlimited access to group classes. When determined by our training staff, you and your dog will take our Public Access Test. Upon passing you will be issued a CST identification card, collar, leash & CST Branded vest for your dog.
Subsequent and Annual test will be charged at $100 per test and any required replacement equipment will be charged at the current rate. If the dog is deemed unsuitable at any time in the future, certification will be revoked and all CST Branded equipment must be returned.
Canine Support Teams, Inc
26500 Scott Rd
Menifee, CA 92584
PO Box 891767
Temecula, CA 92589-1767
Phone: 951 301-3625 951 301-3625
Fax: 951 301-3605