Application FAQ's


How long is the wait after applying, before receiving a dog?

Typical wait is approximately 18 months after your application is approved, before you receive your Lifeline. However, the time frame can vary depending on availability and level of customization.

How old do you have to be to receive a Lifeline?

We do not have a minimum age for partnership. However, if the child or adolescent is unable to independently handle a dog, a parent/guardian must be prepared to be the primary handler of the dog.

What kinds of service dogs do you train?

We train a variety of ‘types’ of service dogs, including but not limited to, Autism

Dogs, Seizure Assistance Dogs, Hearing Alert Dogs, Brace and Mobility Dogs, Wheelchair Assistance Dogs, Psychiatric Service Dogs, and Medical Assistance Dogs.

We do NOT train guide dogs.

What breeds do you use?

LAD has an in-house breeding program of Labrador Retrievers, and works with private, exceptional breeders who breed German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Golden Retrievers and Standard Poodles. The breed of dog an applicant is partnered with is typically determined during the application process. 

How much does it cost?

The total cost of a Lifeline Assistance Dog can vary depending on numerous factors. However, the average cost is $15,000 for a Lifeline Assistance Dog. Support companions and therapy dogs are typically around $8,000.

LAD does offer payment options, including monthly payment plans.