Attention Dog Owners
Get ready, New Service Dog Owner Training Course Starting March 2024
Limited space is available in our Service Dog Programs. The program opens for enrollment at Select times during the year 'Schedule an Evaluation' below to secure your spot!
What A Service Dog Is Not...
A service dog is not a pet or emotional support animal although these type of dogs provide comfort and support in different ways, they don't poses the skills to assist individuals with disabilities.
Why is that? Because any dog needs to learn skills before they work...Handlers have rights to train a dog to help them feel safe and doing activities that the individual enjoys, and these individuals need strategies to manage and reduce symptoms they are experiencing when they are in public and not every dog is willing to help their human this way.
Unleash the Joy of Walks
Say Goodbye to Stressful Dog Walks!
Tired of feeling stressed and rushed during your dog walks because your furry friend drags you down the street? Imagine if walks were the peaceful and enjoyable exercise you've always dreamed of!
No More Embarrassment
Put an End to Your Dog's Exuberant Greetings!
Are you tired of feeling stressed and embarrassed when your dog jumps all over your guests or friendly strangers? Say Goodbye to the chaos and hello to well-behaved greetings!
Keep Your Dog Safe
Never Worry About Your Dog Running Off Again!
Is the fear of your dog darting out the front door and getting lost or injured keeping you up at night? We have the solution to ensure your dog always comes when called.
Join Countless Happy Families
You're Not Alone in This Journey!
You're not alone in facing these challenges. Many Families have tried training before and still struggle. But fear not, we have helped countless families overcome these same problems.
Experience the Joy of Having a Dog
No More Stress or Worry!
We are here to help you take care of these issues so you can truly enjoy having a dog. Say goodbye to the stress and worry caused by your dog's hectic energy and embrace a harmonious life with your furry companion.
The Life Changing Power of a Dog
PTSD affects an estimated 13 million people in the United States of America. There are roughly 500,000 trained service dogs in America, helping people live better quality lives. We specialize in training handlers to learn to guide their dog into becoming a much more relaxed, emotionally stable, and skillful companion's that support and enhance their independence and well-being not just perform tricks.
Say goodbye to stress and chaos as your dog learns to listen, even in distracting situations.
Here's what we know...
It's true that not all dogs are cut out to be a service animal. Even so, all dogs have an exceptional sense of smell, so why not train that sense of smell in a practical way?
Any dog and their owner can learn this newfound optimism and connect in a meaningful way. Ethical training helps a dog build resilience with environmental stressors.
...Imagine your life with your dog becoming simpler and having a mutual understanding of each other's needs so that life becomes less stressful and happier together.
For companion animals or your family pet:
We help you too!
...Imagine your dog walking calmly by your side with no more pulling or lunging at other people or dogs.
Open your door without restraint, as your dog stays calm and well behaved.
No more ignored commands or chasing after lizards - your dog will happily come back to you every-time you call. Even in the face of temptation your dog will still listen, without any need for yelling.
Don' believe it's possible? Many families have been amazed by the immediate results they've seen increasing their dogs sense of smell and understanding canine body language. Join them and discover a whole new world with your furry friend.
It all begins with a no obligation free consultation.
What's an Initial Screening?
It's where we set aside time to speak with you by phone to discover:
your needs for a furry friend,
how a Service Dog could help you in your daily life
where your dog fits into the training process.
We can help you find the perfect canine candidate if you don't already have a dog yet. Calls last between 30 -45 minutes
Why do I have to complete a self dog assessment?
The best way for us to get to know your dog is from you the owner! The details you give us in your assessment of your dog help us get to know you and your dog(s) without the hassle of traveling across town. Your dog remains stress free and everyone is on time! If you are not sure what program is best for you or your dog, the assessment will give us a good idea of what to recommend, or what additional information we may need to help you make the best decision for your family.
How do I schedule?
Select the Contact tab and complete the self dog assessment directly from our website and submit it electronically. Upon submission you will be automatically directed to our calendar that will allow you to choose a convenient day and time for you to have your dog evaluated by phone, then select "Complete Appointment."
Check your inbox for the confirmation email with instructions for your appt. and follow the emaliled instructions to prepare for your Free Evaluation
On the day of your appointment a CAPR team member will connect with you by phone.
Real Stories That'll Make Your Tail Wag!
"...We are really really glad and really grateful with what we received especially the skills that we received during the process. In our case we needed the skills because we have a flight and for us we believed it was a short time for my dog to be trained because we had like 5 weeks to train our dog to be able to behave in a plane and in an airiport and at the beginning we did not know if we had enought time to do that.
Basically we received all the not only the training but the skills and the information to understand the process. I think that the training was not for the dog, the training really was for us. So we are the ones who are trained to understand our dog. To know what the dog wants and also to help the dog to manage their emotion, and that was very very helpful.
After we finished the four classes we feel that we better understand our dog. We feel that we can understand what she is feeling actually what she wants to communicate with us and we feel a lot more prepared. For us it has been a blessing to work with T. Her attitude is unique, she has the patience and the attitude and she is always smiling and always explain, 1, 2, 3, 4 times until we get it. So she has the skills also, I am talking about T, the skills to let us understand the process. For us we can recommend for anybody who needs some tools in order to understand better their dog.
We had a training before when we bought Mia, when she was like 3/4 months and we had a trainer and basically that training was based on punishment actually and based on fear and this is totally different.
This is based on relaxation, understanding the dog, and the dog understanding what we want to say, so it is a total new experience for us even though we have a great relationship with Mia, and Mia is a very very lovely dog and we have no problem at all with her. We just want to be sure that she is prepared for the trip that we have ahead and now we are very confident that we will have a great trip. That she will behave and we will help her to behave correctly and I am sure this is the first one of several times that we will travel with her. Thank you T for your time and Thank you T for your patience, Thank you for being so responsible and even punctual. You came to every one of our appointments right on the point so Thank you for your professionalism and we recommend Canine Assistance to everyone."
~ Samuel & Rose Mary
Saludos, My name is T., founder of Canine Assistance Puerto Rico and Dog Behavior Consultant. I have experienced first hand the benefits of having a well trained service dog. Before that, I suffered for years from mental challenges due to my brain being in constant fight or flight mode.
Canine Assistance Foundation, is our 501(c)(3) organization to help others in similar situations suffering PTSD symptoms live better lives. Here, you will find support, resources, and information on how to help yourself or a loved one with mental conditions. Trainings are located in San Juan, Carolina, Rio Grande, & Humacao.
We come to you to start training where it is convenient. Please be sure to input an address, we can Waze to or Whatsapp your pin. For BootCamps we limit the times for pick up and drop offs. Currently we are open for pickup/drop-off Sunday or Monday from 9am-11am. We are around all day, however, we are busy either caring for the dogs, providing extra services, or training.
Existing customers may arrange for a speedy drop-off Mon-Fri between 9am-4pm. Please do not just drop by – if we are with another client, we will not be able to break away for you.
Sunday – Thursday: 10AM – 6PM
Friday: By appointment only
Saturday: By appointment only
We are CLOSED on the following holidays for 2024:
Memorial Day Weekend: May 25th – May 27th
Independence Day: July 4th
Labor Day Weekend: Aug 31st – Sept 2nd
Thanksgiving Weekend: Nov 28th – Nov 29th
Christmas Eve: Dec 24
Christmas Day: Dec 25
Virtual Serving area:
Island wide or US
In-Home Serving areas:
San Juan, Carolina, Dorado, Guaynabo, Caguas, Bayamon, Rio Piedras, Juncos, Rio Grande, Luquillo, Fajardo, Humacao, & Surrounding areas