FAQ's - Placement Process

How long does it take to get a service dog from C.H.A.M.P., Inc. ?
C.H.A.M.P., Inc. is a small service dog-provider organization, teaming about five dogs per year with their new partners. The average wait for a service dog ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED AS A STUDENT is about 18 months. Wait time once on the list varies greatly between categories. The waiting time for a particular individual may be greater than or less than the average of 18 months. Typically, Public Access candidates have the longest wait, as we need dogs with very specific temperaments for these placements.

This waiting period can be a lengthy process; sometimes as long as three years. This is due to the length of time necessary to raise and train a C.H.A.M.P., Inc. service dog. C.H.A.M.P., Inc cannot understate the importance of finding the right match for each applicant and therefore reserves the right to find this perfect match.

Once a C.H.A.M.P., Inc. service dog is ready for placement, we try very hard to match the right dog with the right partner for that dog - the place where the dog's skills and personality will enable it to be the most successful in helping the student. A match considers such things as the size of the animal as it relates to the partner's needs, the types of skills required, the energy level and personalities of each. We do NOT automatically place the dog with the person who has been waiting the longest. We allow our dogs to make the choice. We introduce them to several students who feel they are suited and the service dog clearly indicates their choice. It is magical to witness.

What does the team training process and follow-up entail?
We are very committed to the ongoing and continued success of our graduate teams. Initially, students receive visits from our Therapy Dogs teams. These Therapy Dog visits will continue throughout the waiting period and sometimes beyond the placement. Many hours of learning with our trainers will be completed prior to placement and beyond.

These hours vary as determined by Placement Categories.
Graduate support is very important for us and our graduates receive advice or equipment needs promptly and professionally. Graduates are encouraged to call! Phone calls, written correspondence, in-person visits all integrate for the success of the team. Our ultimate goal at C.H.A.M.P., Inc. is not only to teach our graduates how to successfully manage and utilize these highly skilled dogs, but to empower our graduates.

How often do your C.H.A.M.P. ion Therapy Dog Teams visit with students?
Approximately 1-2 times a month in the beginning. As placement nears the visits may occur less frequently as the training visits will gear up in frequency.

How often do your C.H.A.M.P., Inc. trainers work with students?
These visits are determined case-by-case. Could be weekly, could be several times a week. It depends on many things, such as the type of category we are placing extending to the learning ability/experience of our student and their family. Frequency of the trainer visits also may depend on where we are in the placement process, as we often visit more frequently as the placement date nears.

Are your students taught in classroom settings?
No, every student works with our trainers one-on-one, in your home, the community, your workplace, etc. Whatever settings are appropriate for your Placement Category.

Will students practice skills on the dogs chosen to partner with them?
No, C.H.A.M.P., Inc. Education Dogs fill this role. They are highly skilled and you will learn commands, skills and behaviors by working with them. When your service dog is partnered with you, you will feel fully capable of handling situations as you will have practiced with the Education Dogs.

The purpose of student training is to teach students the skills necessary to utilize and take care of a C.H.A.M.P., Inc. service dog. During training, students learn many things, including management of the service dog's behavior, to direct the dog to respond to commands it has learned, and to assume responsibility for maintaining the health and well-being of the dog in addition to receiving instruction in actually how are dogs are trained the skills that they have learned. Students need to demonstrate proficiency in all these areas.

When will I know if you have a service dog match for me?
When a match occurs, the student is notified and it is such an exciting time for everyone. We do not notify a student of a match before a dog has passed his final health clearances which occur around 18 months of age.