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Application Process

1. First you must send us a preliminary application form. You can also download a copy of the preliminary application and mail it to us at:

                      Alaska Dog Works

                      PO Box 84

                      Willow, AK 99688

2. When we receive your preliminary application, we will review it, and if you meet our eligibility guidelines we will then email you a formal application packet. Due to the large number of requests, please allow us up to seven business days to send your application. 

3. Once we have received all parts of your formal application, we will contact you to schedule an interview. All interviews take place at at our place in Willow, AK, unless otherwise agreed to in advance. 

4. During the interview process, at least two ADW representatives will meet with you, as well as one of our demonstration dogs that can show you some of the tasks a service dog can perform. During the interview, you must interact positively with the dog, explain how a dog might help with your independence, and demonstrate the ability to cover the daily expenses of the dog which include food, vet bills and any replacement equipment. 

5. You will then be scheduled for a home visit. We will then review your application, interview, and home visit to determine if you are eligible to receive a dog. Once you are approved, we will begin the training process  as outlined here

6. After ADW finds a puppy that will be suitable for your needs, you will then need to go through the training process with your dog. Please be aware that a match does not always happen the first time. This training process can take up to two years. We hold team training three times a year in February, June and October that all clients are required to attend after all of the training is completed in order for the dog to be placed with you permanently. 

7. Approximately, four to six weeks before team training, we will send you a specific schedule with locations, dates, release forms and final payment information. 

9. Team training takes place at our place in Willow, Alaska and the surrounding areas in south central Alaska. The training lasts seven days. Please note: We can also travel to your home anywhere in the United States but travel arrangements must be made well in advance and all expenses paid for the trainer and the dog for travel and accommodations. During team training, you are responsible for your own housing and meals, If you need an attendant and special transportation, you are responsible for providing for them. 

10. The minimum down payment is due at the time of signing the training contract. 

11. Upon successful completion of the certification test, you will sign the contract for the custody of the dog. 

Eligibility Requirements 

The goal of a service dog is to enhance an individual's life and provide further independence. In order to be considered for a service dog, individuals must meet the following requirements.

1. You must provide a stable home environment and be able to meet the emotional, physical, and financial needs of the service dog in some way. Individuals will need a good support system in place for the care of their service dog. 

2. You must be mature enough and possess sufficient cognitive functioning to actively participate in the training and learning process during the final training of the service dog. 

3. You must be actively pursuing the goal of living independently and seeking to improve the quality of your life through the assistance of a service dog. 

4. There must be the reasonable expectation that your medical situation will enable you to work with the dog for several years. 

5. You must be financially able to maintain your functional lifestyle during the term of your service dog's training as well as the week of team training with the service dog. We do not provide housing, attendant care, transportation, or food during the team training phase. 

6. All applicants will be considered regardless of race, age, religion, sex, creed, sexual orientation, or ethic origin. 

7.  Pet dogs must be able to socialize well with other dogs, and they must be spayed or neutered prior to the placement of a service dog in your home. 

8. Both legal parents/guardians must be agreeable to having a service dog for the child. 

9. All paperwork and the $25 application fee must be completed and received before you can receive formal approval. 

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