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Can you train my dog to become a service dog?

At this time, Brigadoon does not accept and train the dogs of clients. If you are in our area, we would like to encourage you to check out Paws-Abilities, Compass Key and Atlas Dogs and their services.

How can I apply for a service dog from Brigadoon?

If you click here, you will be taken to our application page. It can also be found under Apply for a Dog. We also ask that you to read over the applicant requirements that are also listed on that page. The document encourages you to think about the different responsibilities and joys of bringing a service dog into your life.

What breeds of dogs does Brigadoon use for its service dogs?

At Brigadoon, we have a variety of service dogs in training. Our most common breeds are poodles, collies, labrador retrievers, and golden retrievers.You can see our current dogs-in-training by clicking here. The page can also be accessed through the tab Apply for a Dog > Dogs in Training.

How much does it cost to receive a service dog from Brigadoon?

There is an initial $250.00 non-refundable application fee due when you submit your application. If you are a civilian, we ask that you fundraise $10,000 of the cost of your service dog once you are accepted into the program.  The amount is then due once you start Team Training on day one.  For our veterans, we do not ask them to fundraise; however, there is a $1,000 fee due for the 2-week team training session held on campus which is normally covered through the $10,000 of fundraising. This covers lunch for 2 weeks and printed information packets and other supplies. 

How much time do I have to fundraise the money for a service dog from Brigadoon?

You have from the moment you are accepted until team training to raise the $10,000 for a dog from Brigadoon. Given the waitlist times, this is usually about 2 to 5 years.

What equipment comes with a graduating service dog?

A graduating service dog-client pair receives a leash, collar, vest, and ID card.  Gentle leaders and harness are given if we have in stock. The client might be required to purchase these items if we can't accommodate. 

Can you tell me more about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines service animal?

If you click here, you will be taken to the latest edition of the ADA requirements for service animals. This helpful page tells you about many legal requirements about service animals. And, as always, it is best to check the requirements of the city/county/state in which you are located to make sure you are working in accordance with their laws.  To view the current edition of the ADA frequently asked questions, click here.

I don't have the time to raise a service dog puppy, but I still want to help. What can I do?

There are many ways that you can still be involved in our program! We have a Weekend Waggers program, which allows you to puppy raise for one day at a time, or even over a weekend. You can also sign up to volunteer with us on site! 

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