Custom Canines Owner Trainer Academy (CCOTA) is a unique and innovative program offered to individuals living with disabilities who wish to train their own service dog. Students will be guided through a customized training curriculum with Custom Canines service dog instructors offering mentoring, coaching and advocacy for each dog and student team.
The CCOTA curriculum will be offered in a semester format consisting of three months per semester. Our curriculum requires the completion of at least two semesters to qualify for service dog certification. Your canine trainee will be required to perform at least three tasks to mitigate your disability. Each semester will include six one-on-one training sessions with a service dog instructor educating owner-trainers on public access, proper service dog etiquette, basic obedience, task-specific training and three group lectures. Participation in these training sessions and group lectures is required to maintain enrollment within CCOTA. Upon meeting all requirements of our curriculum and your individualized training plan you will have to pass the ADI public access test in order to become a certified service dog team.