Medical Service Dog Owner Trained Program

A service dog needs the following:

* KUSA CGC Silver - this can be done at most good quality dog training schools including our pet school, Just Dogs in Sunningdale, Cape Town.
* Public access award - To show he/she is stable and confident in a variety of public spaces, and basically invisible to the public.
* Task training award - To be able to perform 3-5 tasks in a few key locations.
* A health certificate from a vet.

After we have received your application form and medical letter via Honey's Garden, your dog will need to be assessed (or sourced with our assistance should you not have a dog already).
You and your family will be interviewed so that we can understand your needs and advise a plan of action. Initial assessments, interviews, monthly check ins, testing and certification are carried out by Honey's Garden NPC. 

Once the family and dog have been approved, training can then commence. If you are local to our training area in Blouberg CPT, you can attend our Just Dogs group classes or undergo private lessons with our specialised trainers and behaviourists. If you are not local to us, we can offer virtual training. Just Dogs group training academy is a class offered at the Leadville Dog Park in Sunningdale. This class is perfect for general training and encouraging your service dog to focus on you in distracting environments. Private lessons are for task training, public access, general behaviour, private lifestyle or canine good citizen training.

You may wish to do a workshop if you do not live close to the Blouberg area. Workshops are either for public access or task work. The workshops cannot overlap, but can be done consecutively.

When we have prepared you and your dog, Honey's Garden can test and qualify you. You must be working with Honey’s Garden for a minimum of 6 months before testing can take place (ADI requirement). Your dog must be at least 18 months before testing can take place.
For more information on registration with NPO: Honey's Garden Medical Alert Dogs, and their wonderful Zero to Hero Program (pre-trained medical service dogs who were originally rescue dogs), have a look here!

Our trainers are COAPE/EthologyAc qualified, and we are SABCAP registered / affiliated
Our pack leader Lucy Breytenbach BSC(Hons) Animal Science, Behaviour and Welfare
Medipet and DotSure recognise Just Dogs as a registered behaviour training company and so sessions can be claimed depending on your policy.