We will be accepting 100 new teams into our training program, and as a part of the training process we will be gathering some enhanced data designed to help us better understand and respond to the needs of our students.
Data gathering is a function of all programs, however given the scarcity of reliable information that FSDS, with the support of Hill’s Nutrition, Midwestern University, and Zoetis Petcare, we are embarking on a landmark data project to gather the types of information that are critically needed to better serve the disability community and are currently absent from the literature. Those who are accepted for participation will be entitled to program incentives that include:
- For Military Veterans and First Responders a full waiver of dog training costs
- Free Hill’s dog food for two years
- Routine veterinary screenings
- Free testing
- Free program ID (vest, badge) for all graduates
Please call our facility at 623-200-9762 to learn more and to obtain an application packet for those classes.
The FSDS selects temperament tested, medically screened dogs for interested individuals. Please DO NOT attempt to procure a dog first and contact us later. The selection of an appropriate dog is critical to class success. All dogs accepted into the FSDS program must first pass a temperament test. In order to be considered, the dog must be expected to attain an adult weight of at least 50 lbs. Breed restrictions are for insurance reasons, and the following breeds will not be considered regardless of whether they are purebred or a mix:
- Pit Bull
- Staffordshire Terrier
- Doberman Pinscher
In addition to the above, we will also not consider brachycephalic dogs (those with short flat faces) as they are prone to respiratory issues.
Qualifications to Apply for a Service Dog
- Are you age 16 or older?
- Has your treating physician diagnosed you with a qualifying disability?
- Do you have a need for assistance with a minimum of three tasks on a daily basis?
- Are you able to affirm that you have no record of either felony conviction or pending felony charges?
- Have you resided in Arizona for at least one year?
- Are you a U.S. Citizen?
If the answer to all five questions is “yes”, then you qualify to apply for a service dog from our program.
Preference to Those with a History of Prior Community Service
- Are you an active-duty military personnel who has been wounded?
- Are you a military veteran?
- Are/were you a police officer, or other First Responder?
If the answer to any of the above questions is “yes”, you will be placed higher on the wait list based on your past community service.
How to Apply
If you meet the criteria outlined above and are ready to apply, then be certain to read the instructions in the application packet carefully. Please mail all application materials in the same envelope, with the exception of personal and professional references. These should be mailed to us directly from the individuals who are completing these forms, or preferably scanned and sent as a single pdf attachment. Incomplete applications will not be processed. There is no fee to apply. You will be contacted by FSDS staff once your completed application packet is received.
Files can be sent to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We do not train Emotional Support Animal (ESA)
If you are looking to re-classify your pet dog as an ESA, please contact your treating physician for assistance. The FSDS does not train or certify ESAs, as these are not recognized as service dogs under ADA Law. Please do not ask us to “make an exception” as we are not authorized to grant exceptions to the ADA Law. If you are looking to obtain an ESA we will not be able to assist you, as we train service and facility dogs only.