Pets and Helping Dogs, LLC offers  guided training programs for working dogs like Service Dogs, Emotional Support Dogs and Therapy Dogs. This means that the (human) student and the student's dog are instructed as a team by a professional dog trainer. They are assigned homework in between sessions, which they practice using text and video resources found on the PHD Learning Portal

A dog that you already love and have in your home may be a good candidate to learn to work for you. Alternately, PHD can assist you in your search to find a dog who is a good candidate by providing educational information. Many dogs find working to be fun and rewarding: both you and your dog could benefit greatly from a working relationship. 

PHD's training agreement requires that students and graduates conduct themselves in respectful, professional and safe manners. PHD tracks and documents each student's progress in a standardized curriculum that is specific to the skillset and socialization needed by the type of working dog being trained. 


  • COST. Buying a pre-trained working dog can cost more than you may be able to afford.  Waiting lists for donation can be long. Pre-trained dogs generally need regular training tune-ups, during which time you may be separated from your dog. If you don't know how to maintain the training yourself, your dog could experience behavioral problems that could prevent him or her from working. 

  • INDIVIDUALIZED TRAINING. With a PHD guided training program, you are involved in every step of the process, learning hands-on from your professional dog trainer instructor. Your dog is trained just for what you need: nothing more, nothing less. You are taught the skills to maintain the training. 

  • A LIFETIME OF BENEFITS. When your working dog becomes elderly or ill, you have the skills and knowledge to responsibly train another working dog of the same type just for yourself. 


1. Read about differences between Service Dogs, Emotional Support Dogs, and Therapy Dogs. Click the PDF icon below.  

2. Explore  the PHD Service Dog Program: find out about Program structure and tuition rates. Click the PDF icon below.  Email PHD for more information if you are interested in Emotional Support Dog or Therapy Dog training. 


Click here to view a partial directory of PHD Service Dog Program graduates in Good Standing.