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 Assistance Dog program:
- Must be a resident of Minnesota or Wisconsin.
- Must have a physical disability, debilitating chronic illness or neurological disorder.
- Must be physically and financially able to take full responsibility for the dog after certification.
- Must be at least 10 years old.
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 assistance dog program, once you are matched with a dog, training will be conducted in-home and in public over the course of approximately one to four months. Clients in the Twin Cities metropolitan area typically spend the first few training sessions at our New Hope facility.
How To Apply
To apply for a Mobility 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 Client Services Assistant Cari Bishop at 763-331-3000 ext. 157.
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.
NOTE: Can Do Canines will not discriminate against any applicant because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, public assistance, genetic information, or any other class protected under applicable law.
After You Apply: Steps to Getting an Assistance Dog
Click here to learn more about the steps involved in finding an Assistance Dog just for you.
Pet Dogs as Mobility Assist Dogs
If you wish to have your pet dog trained as your Mobility 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 Dog Criteria.