The first step of the process to joining Service Dogs Of New Mexico is to complete your application (include medical documentation). Once this is received and approved, we will schedule your initial Evaluation and Consultation to answer any questions and go over our Service Dog Training Program. You will attend an Orientation covering ADA law, rights and responsibilities and other crucial information for your training and life with your Service Dog. If you already have a dog, our trainer will evaluate their overall temperament and suitability for your disability. If you do not have a dog, we will discuss the type of dog that fits your needs and preferences.
Please download the application, complete forms and follow the instructions to submit completed forms to Service Dogs of New Mexico.
CLIENT OVERVIEW OF SERVICE DOGS
- Your Service Dog is not a family pet.
- Service Dogs will be with the handler and not kept in a yard/kennel for extended periods of time.
- You will be expected to maintain your dog’s appearance, health and manners as well as continue to improve your skills as a handler.
- Your Service Dog will not be off leash in public.
- You are responsible for all maintenance, health and continued training with your service dog.
- You must pass The Public Access Test and all other applicable tests administered by your trainer.
- You must maintain identification for public access.
- You are responsible for cleaning up after your dog’s elimination in public.
- You will be responsible for any damage caused by your dog.
- Your Service Dog will not go to dog parks as they are proven to be unsafe and unsanitary (except for training purposes when accompanied by your trainer).
- Service Dogs Of New Mexico will keep your information and entire application confidential. Your photos and application will become the property of Service Dogs Of New Mexico.
- The estimated cost for upkeep (food, vet bills, toys, treats, etc) of a Service Dog is approximately $2,000 or more per year. Please consider how you could respond to emergency issues, illness, moving with your dog, etc. and other unforeseen events. This cost does not include the cost of training, just basic survival needs for your dog.