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We are excited you want to be a part of Atlgraphic of dog on woman's lap doing deep pressure therapyas!

Thank you for your interest in Atlas Assistance Dogs’ Team Certification Program. We are excited to learn a little more about you to determine if our program may be a good fit.

Before receiving Atlas’ full application, please fill out this pre-application to ensure you and your dog would be successful in our program. Please also ensure you have fully reviewed Atlas’ Client Team Certification program description, as well as our Obedience and Temperament Checklist 

Please complete this form to request certification for yourself and your dog as an Atlas Assistance Dogs certified handler/dog team. All information you provide is confidential and secured with very limited access to only the Atlas staff directly involved in supporting you as a client. 

The certified team will either be the combination of a client and dog, or a client, handler and dog in the case where a client is not able to be the primary handler for their dog. We also allow for cases where more than one handler, more than one dog, or more than one client is certified as part of a team. Our standard pre-application form covers the case of a single client and dog team or a single client/handler/dog team. Please request an Additional Handler Form and/or Additional Dog Form as applicable from info@atlasdog.org and submit it with your application. Each client wishing to certify should complete this application and process in full. 


Prior to completing this application, please thoroughly review the following:
user manual icon Our Client Program to see if our program is a good fit for you.

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Our Obedience Checklist to see if your dog has the foundation needed to enter our program.

If we determine that you meet our initial criteria, we will send you our full application. At that time, you will need to:
  • Provide a copy of results from an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test your dog passed within the last year (please let us know if this is a significant barrier; we can look at options for you to complete this prior to submitting your final application)
  • Provide a Letter of Medical Indication from your provider attesting to your needs and that a dog would help mitigate your disability
  • Provide a completed Atlas Veterinary Health form
  • Upload two to three videos demonstrating some of your dog's skills

Please contact us at info@atlasdog.org if you prefer a version of this application that you can print and fill in offline.

Once we receive your pre-application, we will contact you in approximately one week via email.

Application Information

This information should be completed pertaining to the primary person for whom the dog is mitigating a disability (i.e. the Client). If there is a single handler in addition to the client, their information should also be included in this application. If multiple non-client handlers will be certified please request and complete an Additional Handler form for each handler. If multiple dogs are to be certified, please request and complete an Additional Dog Form for each dog. Please submit these documents with your application, as applicable. If the dog will serve multiple clients, each client should complete their own application and provide their own Letter of Medical Indication. Only one copy of the dog’s veterinary and health information is required. 

Additional Handler(s)
This information should be completed pertaining to the person who will be primarily handling the dog in public venues. The handler is the person(s) able to complete all training with the dog. It is not necessary to complete this section if the client and the handler are the same person. 

Demographic Information
Atlas respectfully requests you complete this form. We secure this data carefully and respect your privacy. Please note, demographic data never impacts if you are accepted for a given program.

Most items are multi-select. Please choose those you feel you best relate to. You may also choose to self-describe or to select you prefer not to answer.

Applicant's Military/Veteran Status

Please provide the following information for the primary applicant. This is the individual with a disability that the dog will be assisting. Note: military/veteran status does not affect eligibility for our program. It may impact eligibly for scholarship funds to offset program costs. 

If Yes, complete the following

Upload your documentation(optional)
Veterans, active duty personnel, or their dependents wishing to take advantage of possible related funding sources should include a copy of DD Form 214 or an active duty ID card. This information is not required for the application and in no way impacts your acceptance as a client.

Financial Situation
Atlas does all it can to make our programs affordable and accessible to all who would benefit from a service dog. We recognize for some, an overall program fee of $700 may be more than is affordable. For others, they may be able to afford more which can help us offset cost for others. Need for assistance or ability to provide funds to support others does NOT impact your acceptance as a client

Disability Information

Client Support

Information about Your Dog

Note: If you are requesting certification for a second dog, please request and complete an Additional Dog form for the extra dog. 

Training Background


If yes, please fill out this section

Additional Comments

Information on the person completing this form

Submitting the Application
Please carefully read the following statements.

All set? Please do a final review of your pre-application. 

If you wish, you can download the forms that you will be needing to submit with your full application below as well as information about the video submission and CGC test. 

icon for letter of medical indicationLetter of Medical Indication Template

icon for vet health letterVeterinary Health Form

icon of videoInstructions for Video Submissions

 Canine Good Citizen Information

We will review the pre-application and other required forms for completeness. If information is missing, we will communicate with you to help resolve the issue. Your pre-application will help us determine if you might be a good fit for our program. If so, we will send you our full application for you to submit. If we feel that you may not be ready for our program, we will try to provide additional resources for you.