Our Training

service dog training

Service Dogs

Full Public Access Rights

Service Dogs with high-level specialty training including specialized task training to assist an individual with a documented medical disability.

Average Starting Cost: $20,000 – $50,000

Certifications: STAR, CGC, CGCU, CGCA, PA

Specialties: Specialized Task Training

Training Time: 1.5 – 2+ years

Training For: PTSD, Autism Response, and Psychiatric Service.

therapy dog training

Therapy Dogs

Limited Public Access

Therapy Dogs are specially trained to assist in providing comfort to those in the community through quality assistance work. Handlers must go through a 12-week certification course which is included in the purchase. 

Average Starting Cost: $25,000 – $35,000

Certifications: STAR, CGC, CGCU, CGCA, PA

Training Time: 1.5 – 2 years

Training For: Medical facilities, nursing homes, schools, funeral homes, etc.

emotional support dog training

Emotional Support Dogs

No Public Access

Emotional Support Dogs are specially trained to assist in an individual’s emotional needs such as anxiety, depression, agoraphobia, and more.

Protected under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the ADA.

Average Starting Cost: $15,000

Certifications: STAR, CGC, & CGCU

Training Time: 1 year

A doctor’s letter of recommendation is required for any party interested in attaining a Service Dog or an Emotional Support Dog. This does not need to include specifics on the disability – just a statement that the patient is being treated for a disability and would benefit from a dog.

therapy dog training

What Goes into training our specially selected dogs?

By the end of a 2-year training career, our dogs have logged over 6000+ hours of training!

Our Certified Therapy dogs will be certified with the American Kennel Club in STAR, CGC, CGCU, and CGCA as well as receiving additional certification in Public Access work and Therapy Assistance.

Dawgs at Work sources their puppies from well-established responsible breeders and trains them to be Therapy Dogs, ESA’s, or Service Dogs!

From the day they are picked up from the breeder these special pups are raised and trained extensively to prepare them to go out into the community and provide comfort to those who need it most. For the two months, they live in-home with our Lead Trainer during an intense home-style board and train boot camp.

​During this critical socializing window, the lead trainer works with the pups to expose them in a safe and controlled manner to all sorts of new sights, sounds, smells, textures, and events. After the first two months, our pups move in with our assistant trainers and puppy raisers where they will continue to grow and learn over the course of around a year and a half. At the end of the training program our pups will hold titles in AKC STAR Puppy, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen, AKC Community Canine, and Therapy Assistance.

Meet Our Team

Sue Richison
Sue Richison


Sue is the owner of Dawgs in Motion and now the sister company Dawgs at Work. Presently and for the past 15 years, she has been a 4-H animal project leader responsible for creating many new activities in the 4-H program. Sue has owned dogs her whole life along with many other animals. Working with dog trainers and after attending many seminars she decided to start her own business to help dog owners with the care of their pets. She enjoys using her medical knowledge in the hydrotherapy pool experiences as well.

Amanda Zavadil
Amanda Zavadil (Mandie)

Lead for Training, Massage, Swim Instructions & Hydrotherapy

Mandie is the lead trainer at Dawgs in Motion and is also a mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College. She is certified in many areas including canine communication, nutrition, canine psychology, hydrotherapy, canine massage therapy, dog training, mentor training for future trainers, grooming, Pet CPR, and handling of working dogs.

She is also certified with the American Kennel club for instructing and evaluating: S.T.A.R. Puppy, CGC, CGCU, CGCA, All levels of Trick Dog, and Fit Dog.

Mandie has also taken continuing education courses in: pharmacological interventions, separation anxiety, dog-human aggression, dog-dog aggression,shelter dog training, and additional obedience training courses.

She teaches obedience classes, socializing classes, foundations agility, trick courses, therapy dog handling and swimming instruction. She specializes in obedience training/problem solving and training Therapy, ESA, and Service dogs.

Our Breeding Partners

midwest labradoodles
labradoodle corral
majestic manor goldens