Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the application process?

If you are interested in applying for our service dog program please send us an email info@michaelsangelpaws.org requesting an application. Please let us know if you have a dog or need us to help you locate a pup to be your service dog.


​What’s the cost?

We offer 3 options: Pending approval of your application: Train your own pup, temperament tested and trained to be a Service Dog under MAP direction. $35.00 per session, 12 to 18 months approximately once a week. Help locate a dog, temperament tested, trained under MAP direction; or MAP will obtain a pup, and either raise it/train and place it: $1500 for veterans or $2500 for civilians.

​Can you help me with financing?

We can set up a payment plan with a deposit if applicable.

​How do I get approval on an application?

The application must be completely filled out. The executive director will review the application to ensure the applicant is compliant with the ADA requirements; and a home check will be conducted.

Why use Michael's Angel Paws vs other services?

Every dog that is enrolled in our program receives training that is 100% customized to your needs. Our trainers are educated and skilled in this area. We work with a variety of client limitations, we are flexible, we come to you and most importantly, we WILL NOT certify dogs that are not capable of serving you or that may be detrimental to your well-being. We have referrals and recommendations on file.

What’s the training process?

All training sessions are documented. We educate as a team between the dog and the handler, and there is a pass/exam. Upon successful completion of the training process, an ID card is issued, a certification of completion is signed by our Executive Director and a Service Dog graduate vest is provided.

​Why can’t I just purchase a vest online?

Purchasing a vest online, doesn’t mean a dog has been trained professionally. Also it doesn’t mean the dog has been evaluated by a professional trainer or trained according the Americans with Disabilities Act.


​What if my dog doesn’t pass the test?

We will make every effort to pass "the team" (human and dog). However, there are times when the dog cannot pass and we will re-home the dog. If the recipient chooses, we’ll help find another dog and the process starts over. There is a 70% failure rate in the Service Dog industry. It’s important to choose the right dog and the right trainer combination.We pride ourselves in proper training and placement.

If I need a dog, where do you find the dog for me?

We have breeders who sometimes donate to us or we will go to rescue shelters and conduct temperament evaluations and have an introduction.

​What is the difference between therapy dog & emotional support dog?

Therapy Dogs are people focused; they are a well-trained dog that enjoys meeting people to brighten their day in hospitals, hospice, pediatric units etc. They do not have public access rights.

Emotional Support Dogs are handler focused; its sole purpose is to relieve his person's anxiety. The dog has not been trained to mitigate a disability. There is no certification for this. A psychologist must approve need and provide documentation to show FAA or Federal Housing for possible acceptance.

What is the difference between a therapy dog and a service dog?

Therapy Dogs are people focused; they are well-trained and enjoy meeting people in facilities like hospitals, hospice, pediatric units etc. They do not have public access rights.

A Service Dog is defined as individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability.

http://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm

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