Our Process

Training a service dog is a time-intensive process. We do not take on a service dog until we have a client, and then we begin with an 8-week-old puppy. We work extensively with him or her to teach the skills necessary to serve and assist with your specific need.

Service dog training typically takes 12 to 18 months. (Water training takes an additional 6 months of training during the summer months, as does tracking training.) Training a Family Guardian K9 typically takes 2 years, and Scent Detection K9 generally takes 18 months.

Process Overview

At Argos K9, we get to know you before we take in a dog, and we work closely with you and your family to determine your needs and what types of alerts work best for your disability. Our training process has been carefully planned to best serve both you and your new K9 companion. Here are the steps we take to ensure that the training is successful and that the needs of both your family and your dog are met:

Interview Your Family

If you’re interested in an Argos K9 service dog, the first step is to fill out an application. Once we review that, we’ll schedule an interview either by phone or in your home. This will give us a sense of the dynamics of your household and will help to assess whether our service animals can meet your needs. It will also help us understand how best to serve you. Please note that we will not place one of our K9s into a violent family situation.

From there, we will begin the process of locating a dog. Since we don’t breed ourselves, we only take in a dog once we have approved a client. This ensures that we choose the right dog to suit your needs and gives you the opportunity to name him or her!


We begin training your K9 when he or she is 8 weeks old. Our experienced and passionate trainers will work closely with your new dog to meet your family’s needs. The training process generally lasts between 12-18 months, depending on the services your dog is being trained to do. Family Guardian K9 training lasts closer to 2 years.

Deliver/Transition Training

During the 1-2 week deliver and transition process, we’ll help you learn the language to communicate with your dog. We’ll also help establish trust, making the transition as smooth as possible for both you and your K9.

Cost of a Service Dog

As a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people live better lives through service dogs, we want to make it possible for anyone to own one of our amazing K9s. Our prices typically average 1/3 the average cost of a service dog, and we offer fundraising tips to help offset the costs.

Why Choose Argos K9?

At Argos K9, we pride ourselves on our customer service. Once you submit an inquiry with us, we’ll respond quickly to answer all of your questions.
Once you begin the process with us by submitting your application, we’ll conduct a thorough interview to ensure that we can meet your needs. We’ll work with you to choose the breed of dog that will best suit your situation, and you’ll get to name your puppy and if possible meet him or her. If schedules allow, we’ll also set up visitations during the training process!
At Argos K9, we customize the training to meet the specific needs of you or your family member. You are welcome and encouraged to come to our facility and participate in training. Your K9 is trained in a home environment and remains with his or her trainer from the beginning of the process (when your K9 is 8 weeks old) until his or her training is completed.
With Argos K9, you don’t just gain a new family member. You become a part of Argos K9’s family.

Learn how Argos K9 can help you. Contact us today for your free consultation! 763.742.3019