Service Dog Training for Mobility & PTSD
Veterans, First Responders, & Civilians
K-9 CINB Working Service Dogs strives to provide a unique trainer-assisted owner trained service dog and support program that involves dog training and peer support from other dog handlers who are going through similar situations. We have team members on hand that can explain your rights as a service dog handler, help you through training situations in person, on the phone, and by video. We have several options for training, depending upon your comfort level, how far away you live, if you can drive or have the ability for someone to bring you to training. Our difference is, in our support program we are with you along each step of the way to help with training during the first two years of owning your service dog.
If you are thinking of purchasing a new prospective puppy K-9 CINB Working Service Dogs can help by pointing you to approved breeders that have a record of placing service dogs. K-9 CINB Working Service Dogs will also help you decide what type of dog meets your needs and will be the best type of companion and support for you. Training your prospective service dog begins at 12 weeks of age. It is a process that lasts for a period of 2 years, it can be extremely repetitive as obedience and socialization is your main focus for the first year of their life, but it ensures the dog is confident working anywhere, anytime. Full service dog status is given to dogs who are between 18 and 24 months of age with full health clearances and adult temperament has been established, along with the general training and tasks they must perform for their handler.
All training at K-9 CINB Working Service Dogs is overseen and/or taught by certified trainer and behavior consultant Bev Wells CBCC-KA. Bev is an active member the the CCPDT (Certification Counsel for Pet Dog Trainers) the CAPPDT (Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers), The Professional Pet Guild (The Association of Force Free Professionals), and the CKC.
Bev has over 20 years experience working with dogs in various capacities such as K9 Security in Toronto, SPCA Animal Control Officer in Welland ON, working with Wolves at Wolf Park in Battle Ground IN, and training and teaching pet dogs in the Saint John area since 2014.
In April of 2020, Bev, in partnership with K9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs, Ontario, brought much needed service dog training to New Brunswick. She specializes in Owner Trained/Trainer assisted, as well as program dogs for PTSD & Mobility.
Bev's unique connection with dogs allows her to tailor her approach to each individual's needs to ensure the training process is stress free for both dog and owner alike.
Currently, in New Brunswick, there is no standard service dog certification or test. We are proud of our program and service dog training. Our goal is for our teams to be recognized as part of K-9 CINB Working Service Dogs by the quality of training the team has from close and afar. Our program certification exam is a two-day test, administered by Laura MacKenzie of K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs, that includes obedience, task work, public access, and outdoor manners. We observe each team we test under specific criteria, such as teamwork, critical decision making, and interacting with the public to name a few.
Temperament testing is the first thing we assess. Your dog must be a happy confident dog, outgoing, good around children, adults and other animals. Any questionable behaviour will be an automatic fail. The purpose of service dogs are to aid their handlers and potentially save their life anywhere they go and they must display appropriate behaviour and etiquette when doing so.
Our exam can be administered for a fee. If you are a part of our Gold and Silver programs, this exam is included in your package. Once your dog is program accredited through K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs , they must be re-certified every three years until retirement to assure the team is still working efficiently.
If you have a dog of your own and you are wondering if he/she would be eligible for service work, an evaluation will be required for your dog to be considered. We look at age, temperament, health, personality and work ethic when considering a service dog.
Keep in mind that the health of the dog will be looked at. Poor joints such as hips and elbows, lameness, any hindering genetic default will disqualify your dog from being a service dog. Any working dog must be healthy, we put the dog’s best interest first.
If your dog is suitable for work based on our evaluation, we will consider the programs below and help you select which is best for you.
Dogs that are not suitable will not be eligible for our program. At this point, we would discuss the possibility of another dog if you are able. We will help you select an appropriate candidate based on your needs and direct you to breeders we have worked with personally to get your prospective puppy to start training. New puppies will have to enroll in our Gold Program.
We require all potential service dog teams to have approval by their general practitioner/family doctor and/or a specialist supporting their need for a service dog as an aid to their treatment. A letter must be provided stating so on letterhead and submitted to K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs New Brunswick within the first three (3) months of working with us.