To begin the process, submit an application to obtain and train a service dog from NSSD or to train your own personal dog to become a service dog.
After receipt of full application:
Step 1: Within 30 days, applicant will be contacted by email to schedule their in-person interview
Step 2: NSSD Orientation will begin within 3-4 weeks after interview
Step 3: A home visit will occur within the first 30 days post interview
Step 4: Hands on Training will begin after completing orientation
Step 5: Pairing with a dog
Step 6: Public Access Test
Step 7: Certification Test
Step 8: Graduation
* If there is a waiting period, applicant will be followed up with on a monthly basis.
** All Owner-Trained dogs and NSSD dogs-in-training undergo temperament testing for service suitability. A Owner-Trained team will undergo the same application process and training as a Veteran or First Responder being placed with a NSSD trained service dog. An Owner-Trained team will be required to participate in NSSD service dog training a minimum of six (6) months.
Dogs suitable for NSSD training:
*Applicant must reside in the San Diego, California area to be eligible for our program.
**NSSD does not condone discrimination with regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or veteran status in applicants, paid staff or volunteers. All applications will be considered equally.