K9CI Standards

The following are the standards established by K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs to receive accreditation with our program. 


Client Standards

  1. Clients must have a letter from their physician or therapist, stating that they require a service dog.

  2. Clients must be attending therapy, group, individual, or team to be a candidate for all of the K9CI Service Dog programs.

  3. All handlers must have the dogs added to their home liability insurance or have separate liability insurance. 


Breed Standards

  1. All breeds are eligible to receive a K9CI accreditation.

  2. All dogs in the program must pass a health exam, including x-rays of hips and elbows, between the ages of 18-24 months before receiving accreditation.

  3. All dogs must be neutered or spayed to receive accreditation.


Training Standards

  1. The training program is a 2-year comprehensive program explaining training methods, options, and integration.

  2. Training is not limited to two years, and handlers can access K9CI support for the life of the Service Dog.

  3. Public access training is a minimum of 150 hours of assisted public access training.

  4. Obedience training is a minimum of 150 hours of assisted formal obedience training.

  5. To receive accreditation, the Service Dog must be able to perform a minimum of 3 tasks that relate to the handler's needs.

  6. The team (handler and dog) must be able to pass the obedience, public access, and temperament test at the end of the training period to receive accreditation. The examination applies to self-trained service dogs and program dogs to ensure that the dog and handler are working as a team. 

  7. There is a recertification test every 3 years that the team must pass to be considered an accredited team with K9CI.