OAT Classes and Fees

Application and Consultation

Cost: $75

Before beginning our classes, each person must apply and participate in a consultation with a staff member of Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC.  The person must have a documented disability as defined by the American with Disability Act Title II regulations (ADA) (https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/titleII_2010/titleII_2010_regulations.pdf). 

 

While we understand the vast needs of many people living with disabilities the Owner Assisted Training program is not able to serve individuals who are non-verbal, that require a full-time caregiver or that cannot gain independence from the use of a service dog.

Dog Assessment

Cost: $200

Scheduled Appointment

Before beginning our classes, all dogs must be evaluated for temperament and trainability. The assessment provides an estimation of what your dog's chances are of becoming a service dog. Passing the evaluation does not guarantee that your dog will make it all the way through the program, however, since problematic behaviors can appear along the way, those changes may increase or decrease with time, training and exposure to different stimuli.

Appointment is scheduled after completion of application and consultation.

OAT - Level I

Cost: $400

Duration: 8 weeks

Beginning with basic skills and positioning, this class will provide the foundation for all subsequent classes. Clients will learn how to properly socialize your dog in training, how to deal with fear issues, how to keep a training log, preparatory training for retrieving objects and foundational behaviors for service dogs.  Concepts of how dogs learn, introduction of the 3-D's of training, and why postivie reward works. You will learn how to teach your dog to:

  • Pay attention in all sorts of places

  • Sit

  • Down

  • Walk without pulling on the leash

  • Heel into position

  • Come when called

  • Leave it

  • Beginning accompanied outings

  • and much more...​

OAT - Level II

Cost: $600

Duration: 8 weeks

This module will focus on more intermediate commands and behaviors, including beginning retrieving of objects, increase the criteria of our foundation behaviors accompanied outing increasing difficulty, review of access laws both state and federal, and completion of the AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation.  You will learn how to teach your dog to:

  • Stay with distractions and distance

  • Lie under a table or under your legs

  • Basic retrieval of objects

  • and more...

OAT - Level III

Cost: Skills dependent

Duration: 16 to 24 weeks

This module is customized for each individual and will focus on specific commands and skills depending on the person's disability. It will include advanced obedience, skills training, the AKC Urban Canines Good Citizen evaluation, and accompanied and unaccompanied outings.

Package 1: Designed for individuals with post-traumatic stress, panic and anxiety disorders

Cost: $1,800 

Duration: 16 weeks

 

Package 2Designed for individuals with minor balance and mobility issues that could include the use of a cane

Cost: $1,800

Duration: 16 weeks

 

Package 3: Designed for individuals with advanced mobility issues using a manual or power wheelchair

Cost: $2,400

Duration: 24 weeks

OAT Level IV

Cost: $250

Scheduled Appointment

This is a scheduled assessment of skills and public access with the person and their dog.  Successful results will provide the person and their dog with a certification letter attesting to the completion of the training and successful evaluation, service dog identification card, and vest for the dog.   This assessment must be completed within 60 days of completing OAT-Level III. This level is only offered to individuals completing the Owner Assisted Training program of Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC.

OAT Follow-Up

Cost: First 4 included in fees; $50 per consultation thereafter

Scheduled Appointment

Consultation with a trainer by telephone.  Up to four (4) follow-ups in the first 2 months after completion of successful certification after which a fee of $50 per consultation will be charged.  Consultation is for up to one-hour each call. Calls are scheduled. 

OAT Private Training Session

Cost: $100

Scheduled Appointment

This is a one-hour scheduled training session with a trainer to problem-solve or teach a new skill.

OAT Bi-Annual Renewal Assessment

Cost: $100

Scheduled Appointment

This is a scheduled assessment of skills and public access with the person and their dog.  Successful results will provide the person and their dog with a certification renewal letter attesting to the completion of the training and successful evaluation and updated service dog identification.   This is a mandatory assessment of any Owner Assisted Service Dog Team that completed the Owner Assisted Training program of Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC.

Disclaimer: Due to applicant criteria and limited resources, not every individual who applies for a service dog can or will be served

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Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

- Isiah 40:31NAS