Aptitude test, skills test, needs evaluation, and individual program set-up.


Upon successful graduation from prerequisite classes, service dog teams complete their training in private sessions with Gabby Jack Ranch trainers.

Service Dog training culminates in certification by our program director for you and your dog as a Service Dog Team. Certification is not required by the ADA (American with Disabilities Act) but is required by the State of California if you want to participate in some of the benefit programs offered by the state and local county departments. When you complete the Gabby Jack Ranch program you will be able to provide proof of certification from a comprehensive service dog training program.

Service dogs are the only dogs legally allowed to accompany a person into public places. By law, the dog must be 1) individually trained to 2) do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. You will be instructed so that you will understand the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Service Dog training includes prerequisite training mastry of basic obedience training (through Gabby Jack Ranch, some other program, or self-taught) and a statement from your doctor or counselor verifying that you have a legally recognized disability (kept completely confidential). You will also be required to have a recent veterinary exam (within 10 days of the first class) to verify that your dog is healthy and able to train and work as a service dog. There is an application fee ($25) for processing your application for Service Dog training and a fee for Orientation. You will attend Orientation classes; 1) What is a Service Dog (free of charge after the application fee is paid), 2) Review of basic training skills (dog must pass in order to move forward; if not, you will be directed to a basic training class), 3) Full Program Orientation. The fee for sections 2 and 3 of the Orientation is $100 and that amount is applied to the price of your training program. If you elect not to continue with training, the fee is non-refundable.

The Service Dog Program begins after you master basic training. The service dog program consists of private lessons with Gabby Jack Ranch’s skilled training staff. This segment of training will include Public Access training and certification as well as a selected specialty service dog program; Mobility, Psychiatric, Medical Alert training. (See details below.)


The pre-requisite for Public Access Certification includes Basic Obedience (described above). This Gabby Jack Ranch program Specializes in Service Dog training for people with disabilities, we offer a program to take you and your puppy through a full cycle of service dog training program (offered in specialty classes described above) where you will learn how to teach your dog to perform important tasks that will help you deal with your disability, these tasks will ease challenges created by your disability and make your life more comfortable. You will learn the necessary behavior and skills to perfect your dog’s public access abilities. You will be instructed about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and what you can expect when you and your service dog go into public places. Additionally, upon completion of task based training, you will complete a public access test and receive certification as a Service Dog team. This certification will help you gain benefits offered through the State of California, through California counties and through local service dog programs.

In order for you to take the Service Dog Public Access training, you and your dog must show proficiency in prerequisite training skills. If you do not pass the certification portion of this phase, you will be required to retake specific classes in order to retake the exam. Makeup classes are not included in your fee schedule; you will be required to pay extra for any makeup class needed to complete your service dog training program.

Dog Breeds Accepted for Service Dog training

We approve Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Poodles (or these breeds crossed, such as Labradoodles, Goldendoodles and North American Retrievers, affectionately called “Double Doodles”), and cattle dogs. Other breeds are accepted only on approval by Gabby Jack Ranch staff.

Service dogs are NOT trained as protection or guard dogs. The purpose of a service dog is to help you integrate into society as seamlessly as possible. Service dogs can be taught to alert you to approaching strangers or to stand between you and someone talking to you among other things, but they are not intended to frighten people away from you or to intimidate people in any way. To this end, we do not generally approve dog breeds that are considered to be fighting breeds, guard dog breeds or any breed that is intended to show force or create fear in others.

Service Dog Specialties (Task Based) include:


This program includes the skills and certification listed in the Public Access Service Dog program. The specialized tasks taught will focus on mobility issues. People with balance problems or dizziness can teach their dog to assist them by offering a steady and strong unmoving stance to help ease through the episode; people who have joint disease or physical reach limitations can teach their dog how to bring them items, retrieve dropped items, turn on lights, open doors and drawers, pay cashiers, etc.


This program includes the skills and certification listed in the Public Access Service Dog program. The specialized tasks taught will focus on “invisible disability” issues such as PTSD, Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Tasks taught might include signaling for behavior, such as, nudging when disassociate behavior begins, standing between you and someone approaching too closely, signaling someone approaching from behind or to the side of you, turning on lights before you enter a dark room, etc.


This program includes the skills and certification listed in the Public Access Service Dog program. The specialized tasks taught will focus on teaching the dog how to react when a medical condition occurs; bringing a phone so you can call for help, staying by your side so that you are not disoriented from a seizure, barking to alert someone to your condition, finding a spouse or other person to render assistance, etc. Often these dogs naturally learn to warn or alert you of an impending medical event. This is not something that can be trained until the dog shows a natural ability for understanding the event and if the dog does naturally alert or warn you, you will be taught how to reinforce the behavior so that the dog can learn to be a medical alert dog.

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