|with the organization, but the cost is driven by the breeding and training the dogs go through before they are given to the family. The stated actual cost ranges from $40k - $60k - they require $17k from the family and they do other fundraising on their own. Only 50% of the dogs make it through the program, so that's a lot of sunk cost there.
He actually did go to prison for his 1st phase of obedience training (6 weeks), then spent a year at the University of Kentucky for more "real life" training, then finished up with the hard-core stuff at the 4 Paws facility in Ohio.
You'll have to check them out. It's a serious operation they've got going on, not just some schmoe peddling "vested" dogs.
4 Paws for Ability
We were fortunate to have a lot of help in raising the money. The bingo alone covered more than half of our cost.
Regardless, the impact this dog has had on our son has been amazing. Hard to put a price on that.