The application and training process for an assistance dog can take a year or longer before you are certified as an assistance dog team.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for our Hearing Assist Dog program:
- Must be a resident of Minnesota or Wisconsin.
- Must be deaf or have a severe to profound hearing loss.
- Must be physically and financially able to take full responsibility for the dog after certification.
- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Must not currently own a dog unless applying to owner-train their pet.
Application and Training Process
After requesting an application from Can Do Canines, you will receive an application packet in the mail that includes information about the program, the application forms, and a medical release and reference form. Once Can Do Canines has received your application materials and contacted your physician and references, you will be sent a letter of notification and your application will be given a preliminary review by the training team. If your application meets our requirements, the training team will contact you to set up an in-home interview. If accepted into the Hearing Assist Dog program, training will be conducted at our facility, in-home and in public over the course of approximately four months.
How To Apply
To apply for a Hearing Assist Dog, please click the button below and fill out the application request form. You can choose to receive your application by mail or download it as a .pdf. After you’ve completed the request form, you’ll be redirected to a page where you can download your application. If you would prefer to request your application by phone, please call Program Assistant Cari Bishop at 763-331-3000 ext. 157
Request an Application
We will mail an application packet to you within 24 hours. An application fee of $50 must accompany your completed application. This is the only cost to you during the application and training process.
After You Apply: Steps to Getting an Assistance Dog
After you apply, click here to learn more about the next steps in finding an assistance dog just for you.
Pet Dogs as Hearing Assist Dogs
If you wish to have your pet dog trained as your Hearing Assist Dog, the dog must meet all the same requirements for health, training and temperament as our own assistance dogs. You will need to supply information about your dog, such as breed, age, temperament, and more when you apply.
For specific information, go to Owner-Trained Hearing Dog Criteria.