Bark to Basics Canine Obedience Center, LLC service dog training allows for various options: 

  • Phase 1 Diabetic Alert Dogs & Advanced Diabetic Alert Dogs

  • Individual Phase Training

  • Phase 1 Psychiatric service dogs & Advanced Psychiatric service dogs

  • Self Training planning and support


Phase One Diabetic Alert Dogs/Psychiatric Service Dogs (P1)

Bark to Basics Canine Obedience Center, LLC Phase One service dogs come with all of the skills needed to begin their lives as a diabetic alert dog/psychiatric service dog (PTSD dog). Although our trainers prepare the dogs with all of the necessary skills to become service dogs, we recognize that these dogs are never "finished" with their training. Just as with professional athletes, teachers, and even doctors, training/learning is an on-going process. With the support of our trainers, families will be armed with the knowledge and skills on how to continue to reinforce the skills and tasks the service dog has been trained on, as well as on how to build an incredible relationship with their new working companion.

It is our philosophy that every dog learns at their own pace, therefore we do not rush dogs just to get them through their training in a set time frame. It has however been our experience that dogs typically can complete our starter program in 6-9 months, depending on the age they start the program. Phase One dogs will usually be 1 to 1 1/2 years old when they complete our program.

Overview of Phase One Diabetic Alert Dogs/Psychiatric Service Dogs   

  • Completed vaccinations

  • Microchipped

  • Spay/neutered

  • Kennel trained

  • Potty trained

  • Evaluated for behavioral disqualifiers

  • Obedience training / AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation

  • Public Access trained

  • Favorable house manners

  • Diabetic alert dog: Scent detection: trained to alert to hypo and hyper glucose levels in low distraction environments, high distraction environments, and night alert awareness.

  • Psychiatric service dogs training is customized to fit the individual needs of the client.

  • Access to free online supportive classes and videos to answer questions and model reinforcement behavior

  • Bag of tools to start the dog and handler team out on the right paw.

Obedience Training

Commands learned will include:

  1. sit

  2. down

  3. sit stay

  4. down stay

  5. recall

  6. heel

  7. leave it

  8. drop it

  9. bed

  10. kennel

Public Access Training Abilities

  1. Maintain appropriate transportation behavior – riding in a car, on a bus or tram

  2. Controlled load and unload from a vehicle

  3. Controlled entry and exit from a building

  4. Sits or lies down and waits politely and under control while the owner sits at a table and fills out paperwork, has a meal, or visits with another person

  5. Heels through a building walking at the pace of the owner – left turns, right turns, stopping

  6. Heels next to wheeled items – wheel chair, stroller, shopping cart

  7. Walks appropriately through a crowd - people coming toward the dog as well as people walking in the same direction

  8. Appropriate reaction to sounds – dropped items, household appliances, children playing, rolling suitcases, cars, etc.

  9. Appropriate reaction to being touched – clothing on racks, grocery bags, purses, etc.

  10. Walks on a variety of surfaces – concrete, sand, grass, wood chips, metal, etc.

  11. Walks politely and maintains appropriate behavior around other dogs

  12. Allows to be pet by a stranger/ Pet by a stranger carrying something (bag, backpack, computer bag, etc.)

  13. Maintains safe walking speed while ascending and descending stairs with the owner

  14. Sits or stands appropriately in an elevator with controlled entry and exit

  15. Waits at curb and appropriately crosses the street under control

  16. Ignores food and containers on the floor

  17. Comes when called past distractions

  18. Sit-Stay and Down-Stay while a shopping cart approaches or passes

House Manners

Appropriate behavior in the home is a must for Bark to Basics Canine Obedience Center, LLC service dogs. Our service dogs will have proven to show their ability to be appropriate housemates. Dogs should:

  1. Maintain a down stay for extended periods of time with a specified boundary and on an unspecified boundary

  2. Maintain appropriate behavior when new people enter the house - Inappropriate behavior includes jumping on people and uncontrollable barking at people

  3. Maintain appropriate behavior while in the presence of food

  4. Show that they are appropriately potty trained

Dogs should not:

  1. Chew on shoes, toys, or items that are not given to the dog

  2. Sit or jump on furniture

  3. Run around throughout the house or room

  4. Bark uncontrollably at outside sounds - initial reaction is understandable, however should be quickly controlled

Diabetic Alert Dogs - Scent detection training abilities

Scent detection is the final phase of training. During this phase of training the service dog will be trained to detect and alert to low glucose levels (below 80) and to high glucose levels (above 150.) The dogs will also be trained to alert their owner at night when an out of range level is detected.

There is not a dog that will alert 100% of the time every single day. Diabetic alert dogs are not finely tuned robots rather they are living, breathing free willed animals that have been trained to perform a specific task. With appropriate consistent and continued training, diabetic alert dogs have been proven to be very reliable tools to assist their owner in managing their diabetes. They become their owners loved and trusted life saving companion. Our dogs will be trained to:

  1. Alert by pawing or nudging the owner in low distraction environments to low glucose levels

  2. Alert by pawing or nudging the owner in low distraction environments to high glucose levels

  3. Alert by pawing or nudging the owner in high distraction environments to low glucose levels

  4. Alert by pawing or nudging the owner in high distraction environments to high glucose level

  5. Night alert to a low glucose level

  6. Night alert to a high glucose level

Psychiatric service dogs - task training

Tasks are individualized for the client’s unique needs. After careful discussion with the client, two to three specific tasks are identified and trained in our Phase I training plan. Please contact us for further information and to see if you are a candidate for a psychiatric service dog.

Client Training

During the training process: Clients have the option to receive 3 free days of training (5 hours each day) in the Phoenix Metropolitan area with a Bark to Basics Canine Obedience Center, LLC certified dog trainer after the dog's completion of the obedience phase and after the public access phase of training. Visitation times are also welcome.

Upon completion of the service dog's training: Clients will be provided training in handling and care of their service dog. Included in the Phase One package will be 5 days of orientation (5 hours each day) with a Bark to Basics Canine Obedience Center, LLC certified dog trainer and training in the phases of obedience, public access, and scent detection/task training in various public locations in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Customized in-home delivery and training options are available.

In addition to the extensive training opportunities offered above, clients also receive an additional 10 client training days in the Phoenix area (maximum 4 hours each day) to be used in the first 3 years after acquiring their service dog.


Bark to Basics Canine Obedience Center, LLC typically has dogs available that have already started their training and as such we have been able to identify the dogs temperament and activity level. This allows us to better match the dog with the client's lifestyle. Once matched, the service dog will be trained as much as possible to the lifestyle and activities of its owner to be. Perhaps the owner plays sports, rides a bicycle, lives on a farm or in a busy city, the service dog is trained in areas that will simulate the home life that it will be going to. This will allow the transition from training home environment to the new home to be more fluent.  If interested in our current dogs available, please visit our available dogs page.

We also understand that clients may have their heart set on a specific breed, color, or gender of their service animal or may require a dog that tends to be more hypoallergenic or where minimal shedding is required. For this reason we will also find and train a dog that best fits the needs of the client.

Phase Two Advanced Diabetic Alert Dog Training/Psychiatric Service Dogs 

Advanced service dogs have been through time-tested specialized training over an 18-24 month period to ensure that they are of sound temperament, maturity, and task performance before they are delivered to their handler.

These dogs are past their puppy days and have proven to be mature enough for their duty. They have been proofed in their task of day and night alerts, have had extensive public exposure, and have shown to have the most desirable temperament for a service animal. 

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