Summit uses a variety of purebred and mixed-breed dogs in our training program. We get many of our dogs from shelters, giving these deserving animals a “new leash on life.” We also get dogs from our own breeding program, from other breeders and from people needing to rehome their pets. Prospective dogs undergo extensive evaluation before being accepted into our program to ensure that only healthy dogs with suitable temperaments are placed with clients.
Summit uses positive-reinforcement training methods to shape desired behaviors. Dogs are typically in training for two years, first with their puppy raisers and then with Summit’s staff trainers. Some of our dogs, including those taken from shelters, spend nine weeks in our Prison Partnership Training Program, where they receive training in basic obedience and skills.
Occasionally dogs in training are not suitable as assistance dogs and require a career change. To view our career-changed dogs available for adoption please go to: Petfinder.
Note: We do not train people’s personal dogs to become service dogs. We only train dogs we select for our program.