Candidates for Service Dogs must submit all required portions of the application. If the applicant qualifies for a Service Dog through Mission Working Dogs, the next step is an interview with some of our staff. Owner-trained Service Dogs will be considered provided the owners veterinarian and our veterinarian agree that the dog is a valid candidate for training. Dogs must pass health checks, temperament testing, undergo a minimum of 250 hours of training with us, and pass a skills assessment as well as a public access test in order to graduate from Mission Working Dogs and be considered a true Service Dog. Before graduating, candidates will also be required to fundraise $5,000 either on their own or by attending Mission Working Dogs fundraising events.