All our dogs are adult "second chance" (rescue) dogs that we get through shelters, breeder donations, and owner-surrenders, (usually from the southern part of the US), which we then transport to be trained here. Finding the right dog takes an extensive search, and since we estimate about one out of a thousand dogs is appropriate for service dog work, we use the following steps:
1. We have a thorough checklist before we even meet the dog.
2. If the dog passes the checklist, we then we personally test the dog.
3. If the dog passes the test, then there's a month-long evaluation procedure.
4. If the dog passes the evaluation period, the dog becomes a candidate for training.