FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What kind of training programs do you offer?
We currently offer 3 programs:
Owner Training Program
Training your own Service Dog under the guidance of our professional trainers.
Started Dog Program (this program has a wait list)
Training a dog who has gotten their start in our Puppy Raiser Program and finishing them out in the Owner Training Program.
Fully Trained Dog Program (this program has a wait list)
These dogs have been fully trained in our Puppy Raiser Program. All that is left in order to graduate is fine tuning tasks, working to become familiar with all commands, and overall team work. This process can take several months.
How does Owner Training work?
Our Owner Trainers have access to our extensive online curriculum, unlimited group outings, and to their trainers as needed. To be successful in this program you need to be self motivated, diligent, and able to come to outings monthly at a minimum.
Where are you located?
We are located in the DFW area in Texas.
What is the cost of getting a Service Dog through Scout's Legacy Service Dogs?
That depends on whether you choose the Owner Training, Started Dog, or Fully Trained Dog program. You can find our prices in Services.
Can I enter my own dog in the Owner Training Program?
Yes, as long as the dog meets all of our requirements.
Dogs should be no older than 3 years old, in good health, with no behavioral issues. All dogs joining our Owner Training program also need to pass our temperament test.
What kind of training methods do you use?
We are LIMA (Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive) which means we use a wide range of methods, but our main focus is on Positive Reinforcement training.
How long does it take to train a Service Dog?
It takes an average of 2 years to fully train a Service dog.
Do you offer any other kind of training besides Service Dog training?
Yes! We are currently offering Therapy Dog Training. Please check out our Therapy Dog information page.
I do not live in your area, can I still get a Service Dog through you?
We do offer services to out of town/out of state clients, but on a limited basis.
Do you have more information on Service Dog training and what to expect?
We highly recommend reading “Six Feet to Independence” if you are curious about training and living with a Service Dog. Written by one of our very own clients, this book gives a realistic account of both the good and bad aspects of Service Dog life and we hope it will help you make a decision on whether a Service Dog is the right choice for you.
What is your application process like?
The first step in our application process is to go to the Bookable Services page and click "Apply Now". Once your application is received by the system, you will be able to schedule a time for your application interview and you will be emailed a questionnaire that you will need to send back before the interview takes place.
During the application interview we will talk in depth about your disability needs, if and how a Service Dog can help, our training process, and we will establish if you are a good fit for our company. There is a one time administration fee of $50 for the application. Applying with Scout's Legacy Service Dog does not guarantee you will be accepted into the program.
Why does it take 2 years to train a Service Dog?
Anything that is worth doing, is worth doing well. This is particularly true when applied to training the dog who may very well save your life one day.
Do you accept applications for children?
Yes, providing they are 3 years or older.
Do you offer tethering?
No. With the safety of both the dog and the child in mind, we never allow our dogs to be tethered to a child.
If I do not already have a dog I want to enroll in your Owner Training Program, should I get a dog before applying?
No. Please let us assist you in finding the perfect prospect for your needs. We have connections with both high quality breeders and reputable shelters and we will be happy to help!
What kind of tasks do you train?
We train almost any task that can be trained, with the exception of guide dogs for the visually impaired.
Do you train Guide Dogs?
No, we do not train guide dogs. If you are visually impaired and need a guide dog, please contact an organization that specializes in only that like Guide Dogs for the Blind.