Service Dog Application

Welcome to California Service Dog Academy's Application.  Please enter the information below. 

Although you are welcome to submit an application, CSDA has a very long waiting list and is not likely able to provide a dog for you at this time.

General Information

Dog Information
California Service Dog Academy offers the following types of dogs:

1. Service Dog - CSDA Bred: Dogs that are bred in our programs go through a litany of checks and tests to ensure they will have a long a successful career as a service dog for their human companions. CSDA Bred Dogs meet our highest standards and come from linages that we carefully select for temperament and health. As with all ADA compliant service dogs, these dogs are trained to perform tasks for a person with a disability.  

          * These dogs ARE granted full public access under ADA
          * These dogs typically have 500 or more hours of training
          * These dogs have a full cost of $20,000 or more without grants, sponsorships, or other aide. 

 Examples of Service Dogs include the following types; Alert Dogs (Allergy, Medical, Diabetic, etc...), Autism Assistance Dogs,  Mobility Support Dogs, Psychiatric Support Dogs (PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, etc... )

2.Emotional Support Dog (ESD) / Skilled Companion Dog: A skilled companion dog is trained in basic obedience skills and some custom tasks to assist a client with a disability. However, emotional support dogs do not have the proper training to be deemed by our organization to be a service dog and would not be recognized under ADA.

         * These dogs are NOT granted full public access under ADA but some state laws may grant access
         * These dogs typically have less than 500 hours
         * These dogs have a full cost between $5,000 - $10,000 without grants, sponsorships, or other aide.

Your Dog's Information

Emergency Contact Information
Please note that each contact listed will need to provide written evidence that she/he is knowledgeable of your service dog application, they support the process and placement of a service dog and can provide a temporary home for the service dog should an emergency arise.  CSDA may reach out to your contacts to obtain the written evidence and validation of their addition to your contact list. By placing your emergency contacts on this form you are acknowledging that they are supportive of your involvement in this program and agree to provide assistance to you when needed or requested. 
Emergency Contact #1

Emergency Contact #2

Military Affiliation

General Disability Information

Criminal Background Check
California Service Dog Academy conducts background checks on applicants. If you agree to a background check, please select "Yes" below. By selecting "Yes", you are authorizing California Service Dog Academy to conduct a criminal background check through a third party organization and review the information provided by this organization. The information provided by the background check may be used to accept or deny your application. California Service Dog Academy does not accept applications from individuals with a history of violence against animals or people, including sexually violent crimes. If you do not consent to a background check, please select "No" below. By selecting "No", you understand your application may be denied due to safety concerns for the staff or service dogs of CSDA. 

By completing this application you understand that you are consenting to a background check to be conducted using the information you have provided on this application. This background check will be conducted by a third party and all findings will be reported to California Service Dog Academy. Your application may be denied if it is found you have committed a crime that makes you ineligible to participate in California Service Dog Academy's programs. You may receive a copy of your report by contacting California Service Dog Academy at 
Required Documentation
The following documents are required to become a part of our Program. A DD 214 is required to apply. The Doctor's recommendation can be provided later upon acceptance if you do not yet have one.

**A template form to give to your Doctor can be downloaded HERE

Thank you!

Thank you for completing your application.  Once you click submit you will receive an emailed version of your application with direction on how to edit your application at any time.

Should you wish to withdraw from the application process please call us at 866-382-9917 or email us at