If you feel you are qualified and able to use a dog effectively to accomplish work-related goals and have the permission from the facility that you serve, please send an email of inquiry to our Program Director, Gina Esoldi at gina@nextstepservicedogs.org.

Dogs suitable for NSSD training:

    • Age is between 1.5 years old and 3 years old.
    • Naturally calm and not easily distracted.
    • Friendly to people and other animals.
    • Has a Canine Good Citizen Test Certificate or proof of basic obedience class.
      1. Canine Good Citizen Test
      2. If your dog is ready to take the test, find an approved tester in your area HERE
      3.  Register to take the test.
      4. Submit passing paperwork along with all other required documents.
    • Veteran-owned dog team must attend training classes for a minimum of six (6) months.
    • All dogs must meet the criteria of the NSSD temperament test.

*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.