We get many questions, and we welcome any and all questions, please feel free to contact us via e-mail or phone.


Q:  How much does it cost to train a service dog?

A: This is the #1 question we recieve and the answer is it varries.  Different needs means different equipment needed for the dog (ie a mobility harness vs a seeing eye dog harness).  The average is between $8,000-$20,000 depending on time and effort and equipment needed.  Often we can get the dog donated to us.  Sometimes we can get equipment and vet needs donated.  Though both of those are hard to come by.

Q:  Does the recipiant have to pay?

A: The Hight Plains Service Dogs and Therapeutic Riding Center Association will not participate in any fund-raising program where there is any direct benefit to pre-designated individuals.  For example, we will adopt no system where an individual recieves aid based on the amounts raised specifically for them.

Q: Will my insurance cover this cost?

A: It would depend on your insurance provider.  We do require your Doctor to sign a prescription for the dog, this is for med records as well as employer/school info and to try to submit to your insurance company.

Q: How long does it take to train a service dog?

A: This also varries, we use shelter dogs who may or may not have had previous obediance training.  If they have some manners and obediance training then it takes less time, the average is 3-12 months.

Q: Can I use my Pet dog to be a service dog?

A: Not usuialy.  However its not imposible.  We will come to your home and evaluate your current pet to see if it can be a service dog.  It it passes the tempriment tests then we can start the training.  You are left with homework every time we meet for training sessions.  The cost for this varries, mostly to cover gas to your location and the wear and tear on our vehivcle.

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