Steps to Apply for a Hearing or Service Dog
Hearing Dog or
Before you start:
- We run a background check on all applicants
- Applying does not guarantee SDI will accept you for a dog
STEP 1: Complete and submit the pre-application questionnaire (See link below)
We pre-screen applicants to make sure our program matches your needs.
We will notify you within 2 weeks if we will provide you with a full application.
Fee: No fee. This step is free.
(Please review all pages in this section before requesting an application. We get many requests for types of dogs/assistance we do not provide and from people living outside of Texas.)
STEP 2: Complete and submit the client application
Be sure you complete all items, including the application fee.
We will not process incomplete application packets.
We will notify you in 4-6 weeks if we find our program is a good match for you.
If we approve your application, we will request a photo or video essay based on an outline SDI provides.
Fee: $50 application fee. This includes our cost of running your background check.
STEP 3: Applicant Orientation
A full day at our Training Center in Dripping Springs, Texas.
- An overview of what it’s like to have a Service or Hearing Dog
- A discussion of what’s required of you as a handler and client
- A brief training session with our dogs
- A detailed interview session
- We provide lunch
After Applicant Orientation session, we will notify each applicant by mail whether SDI has accepted them as a client.
If accepted, applicants join the Waiting list.
While on the Waiting List, clients receive the SDI Connection, a monthly workbook to help clients prepare for their dogs.
Clients are required to submit each issue’s “homework” to remain on the waiting list.