Getting a Service dog

Getting a service dog is both a life-long blessing and commitment. Having a bond with a dog is unlike any other feeling in the world! Despite what some people might think, service dogs are not robots. They require time off work, play time, nap time, and socialization. It is adding a whole new member to your family and demands equal time as other family members.

Our recipient process for our service dogs is not first come first serve. When looking for a potential client for a dog that is close to program completion, we start at the earliest applicants and carefully study each application to find a match not only type of service dog but skill level, energy level, temperament, size, and overall compatibility. Every dog is unique and not 'one-size fits all'. To form the closest working relationship all things must be considered!

Our requirements for application approval begin with:

  • Have a physical disability

    • This can be anyone who uses a wheelchair, prosthetic, or many other types of mobility assistive devices

    • Persons with mobility challenges from Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and other forms of mobility inhibiting issues. 

  • Have a PTSD related disability 

  • 50% or greater of one or both areas of disabilities 

  • Not required to be a veteran, civilians can qualify for PTSD

  • Requires 3 or more tasks from a service dog ​(See our task list)

  • Independent in mobility or live with adults agreeing to participate in care- must be able to properly care for the dog

  • Financially able to support a dog

  • Positive references

  • Must complete 100 hours of team training with selected dog

  • Must complete a Public Access exam once every 12 months

Service Dogs we do not currently provide 

  • Hearing Dogs

  • Guide Dogs

  • Seizure/medical Alert Dogs

  • Children's psychiatric support dogs




Anthem Service Dogs prides itself in the dedication of the welfare of its dogs. Anthem will retain ownership of the dog for the life of the dog to ensure each dog's health, safety, and well-being needs are met for the entirety of it's life. 

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