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Frequent Questions - Assistance Dogs Hawaii

Frequent Questions


How old do you need to be?

Individuals applying for a service dog must be at least 10 years old with an established, stable home life. Children must be at least 5 years old to receive a Skilled Companion or Social Therapy Dog.

Who is eligible to apply?

People with physical disabilities that significantly limit their mobility and whose independence or quality of life will be enhanced by an Assistance Dog may apply. Organizations that provide physical or mental health care to clients who will benefit from interaction with a Facility Dog are also eligible to apply.

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii is only able to accept a limited number of applications per year. Although many people are eligible, we are only able to select applicants who will receive the greatest benefit from the specific skills the dogs are trained for.

What types of dogs does Assistance Dogs of Hawaii train?

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii’s primary focus is training Service Dogs for people who are quadriplegics or paraplegics. We also train Hospital and Courthouse Dogs, Skilled Companion Dogs, Social Therapy Dogs, Seizure Response Dogs, and Facility Dogs.

How much does it cost?

The dog is provided free of charge. There is an initial $25 application fee and a $500 fee for Team Training Camp. This covers tuition, books, field trips, and all supplies for the dog. Students are responsible for their own travel expenses.

How long is the application process?

The application process usually takes 3-4 months. If accepted at the end of the process, applicants are placed on the waiting list. The average wait is less than 12 months. However, being placed on the waiting list does not guarantee that an applicant will receive an Assistance Dog.

How long does the training take?

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii Service Dogs are professionally trained for 1 1/2- 2 years. Dogs learn over 90 commands and must pass rigorous health and temperament screenings before graduating.