Service Dog Contract

Open Range Service Dog Contract

Contract Agreement(s):


 Puppy/Dog Purchase Contract _ Initial Contract
 Health Guarantee Puppy/Dog _ Initial Contract
 Training Agreement(s) _ Initial Contract


This Agreement between (hereinafter referred to as “Client”) and Open Range Pups PO box 457 Eckert CO 81418 (hereinafter known as “Open Range”) pertains to the following: 


Client’s Dog (Name): Cosmo  Breed: Goldendoodle 

DOB: August 28th, 2017 Color: Black/white (hereinafter referred to as “Dog/Puppy/Service Dog”) 


For good and valuable consideration, the parties agree as follows:


Puppy/Dog Purchase Contract


A litter placement deposit of $0 was placed on N/A, leaving a balance of $3,750 due in CASH/CHECK/CREDIT when puppy is 4 WEEKS OLD. This price will be added to the monthly payments of $600 due each month on the 28th, until such a time that the puppy is paid in full. Open Range will provide you with an amortization schedule to calculate interest. In case of the Puppy’s demise or injury, the buyer may choose another puppy or wait until the next available litter to choose another puppy. The buyer will have 7 days after the puppy reaches 8 weeks to pick up the puppy, unless special arrangements are made (such as flight arrangements); or otherwise enrolled in an Open Range Training Program. If you do not pick up the puppy by 7 days after the puppy is 8 weeks (or upon completion of the training agreement) there will be a fee of $35.00 per day added to your balance until your puppy is picked up by you. This covers our cost of care, such as housing, food, etc. Deposits are Nonrefundable. All money orders and payments must be made payable to Open Range Pups. If they are not they will be returned to you. All dogs/puppies can be registered with the CKC. Paperwork will be sent to the owner only after proof of spay or neuter is presented to and inspected by the breeder. 


A: To the best of my knowledge, THIS PUPPY is in healthy and sound Condition at the time of sale. Parvovirus and Distemper vaccines must be given at two and four week intervals following the first vaccine given by the breeders veterinarian. Keep all medical records and shot records from your vet. 


B: All puppies/dogs are sold on LIMITED CKC REGISTRATION ONLY. Spay or neuter your new puppy from 6-8 months and provide proof to seller or papers will not be sent. Under no circumstances can the puppy be used for breeding without express written permission. If a person breeds a puppy purchased without the consent of Open Range Pups (Dawn Scott) they fully understand that they forfeit the proceeds of any earnings from that litter and Open Range Pups will press charges to the fullest extent of the law. 


C: We do not guarantee eye color, ears set, conformation, disposition and/or breeding. 


D: I guarantee puppy’s/dog’s genetic health up to four years, It is your responsibility as a new pet parent to assure your puppy gets the needs it requires and is safe in his or her new environment. Health guarantee does not cover parasites, internal or external as these are treatable conditions and very easy to contract anywhere. Health guarantee is provided separately with its own terms and conditions. 


E: SELLER WILL NOT REFUND MONEY IN ANY SITUATION. (EXCEPTION: Puppy dies of genetic causes before the four year Health guarantee is up.) Any vet bills are the responsibility of the Buyer with NO EXCEPTIONS. THERE WILL BE NO REFUND GIVEN IF A BUYER “CHANGES HIS/HER MIND”. Buying a puppy is a huge responsibility…… please BE SURE!!! We MAY take the puppy back, and possibly trade it for a different puppy, depending on the situation, but there will be NO REFUNDS. 


F: I do periodically check up on my puppies and will request a picture and information on how he/she is doing in his/her new home. 


If this dog is offered for sale or transfer to a third party, other than an immediate family member, the puppy/dog shall first be offered to seller at the same terms, in writing, and the seller has ten (10) days to accept or reject this right of first-offer. If this puppy/dog should, anytime in its lifetime, need to be surrendered at no cost, the seller will reclaim this puppy/dog to keep, or place in new home. 


G: The undersigned buyer herby acknowledges having read the terms of the contract and does hereby agree to abide by each of the provisions set forth above. In addition, we reserve the right to deny an adoption to anyone for any reason.

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Health Guarantee:

We (Open Range Pups) guarantee in writing that your new puppy is free from genetic defects for a period of 48 months from date of birth. If your puppy were to develop any problems caused by genetics please contact us immediately. Any claim of defect must be accompanied by written proof from a licensed veterinarian. We reserve the right to have our veterinarian check the puppy over before any decisions are made. Preventable or contagious diseases/illnesses are not covered under our health guarantee due to the fact that they can be contracted anywhere and are treatable. We are not responsible for the puppy after it leaves our possession. I do my very best to provide you with a healthy puppy. It is your responsibility as a pet parent to keep them that way. HEALTH GUARANTEE IS VOID IF PUPPY HAS NOT RECEIVED VETERINARIAN CARE AT LEAST 3 TIMES IN ITS FIRST 12 MONTHS NOT INCLUDING MY VET


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Training Contract(s):

Client understands and agrees to pay Open Range for the Phase One and Phase Two(approximate length 16 weeks) Training Program. A training deposit of $0 was placed on N/A, leaving a balance of $10,240 for Phase One + $11,520 for Phase Two due in payments by CASH/CHECK/CREDIT monthly on the 28th in the amount of $600 until such a time that the training is paid in full. 

Phase one is scheduled to be completed August 31st, 2018.

Phase Two is scheduled to be completed December 31st, 2018

Open Range will provide you with an amortization schedule to calculate interest

As training is a service Open Range does not offer refunds once training has been completed.


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Phase One Training Expectations:


Phase 1 Basic:


This section is a brief overview of Open Range’s Training Guidelines for Phase One. This does not constitute that your dog will be perfectly trained to these standards. It is inserted to give an overview of our goals for your dog so that both parties understand the outline in which the dog will be trained. 


  • Your puppy will receive around the clock 24/7 care for the length of time enrolled in our program.
  • The initial adjustment away from the litter, which is more dog-oriented, to a family home setting which is more people oriented. Most puppies come home ready to instantly bond.
  • Your puppy will be on a schedule of eating, drinking, and going potty to make house training much easier. You will receive a copy of this schedule.
  • Your Puppy will be crate trained. Meaning in most cases your puppy can hold potty and remain quiet overnight and for a few hours during the day.
  • Your puppy will be familiar with the taking and following of treats (“luring”) and wear a collar and leash. Many new puppy owners do not realize how important this is in the training process, and that this does not come naturally to a puppy.
  • Practice to maintain consistent results with the obedience commands, “attention” (his/her name), “sit”, “touch”, “leave it”, “down”, and “come.”
  • Your puppy will know the four feedback words of “yes,” “nope,” “okay” and “leave it” to aid in communication.
  • Your puppy will be introduced to basic grooming and maintenance such as brushing, ear cleaning, nail trimming & teeth brushing.
  • Your puppy will receive socialization throughout the day with children and other household pets.


Phase 1 Tested:


Open Range Pups uses a 10 part testing standard developed by the AKC, called the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. 

Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger: No barking, acting nervous, acting shy or aggressive.

Test 2: Sitting Politely for Petting: Allowing a friendly stranger to pet without the handler present.

Test 3: Good Behavior for Grooming.

Test 4: Loose Lead walking in public places; which include, public parks, department stores, etc.

Test 5: Walking through a crowd: Must walk through a crowd with little interest in others and eyes on the handler. No jumping, barking or acting nervous.

Test 6: Sit and Down on Command and staying in place: Giving the dog its command and walking away, it should stay put until released.

Test 7: Coming when called: Simply walking different distances from the dog and calling it to come.

Test 8: Reaction to another dog: Be polite and notice the other dogs but not greet unless specifically asked.

Test 9: Reaction to Distraction: Tipping over a chair, dropping something loud, the dog should not run or get overexcited. They should act interested but not scared.

Test 10: Supervised Separation: Dog can train and behave with people other than the handler.

Phase One Alterations:

Open Range does NOT accept Alterations to Phase One

Phase One Cancellation:

Once a phase of training has been completed Open Range does not allow the client to cancel the contract. However, during training if the client wishes to cancel training they will be billed a pro-rated price based on the “Standard,” training costs, not the “Program Costs”

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Phase Two Service Expectations: 

Phase 2 Service Dog Program: this program is designed to develop strong social behaviors, build strong social setting obedience commands, and shaping proper behavior for proper store/restaurant etiquette. 

Phase 2 Handler Goals


Training Foundation

In Service Dog Phase 2 Training, Open Range will reinforce strong social behavior etiquette and add “duration” to obedience tasks. Like in Phase 1, Open Range will be imprinting behaviors on puppies when they are most impressionable, adapt most quickly, and will contain their training imprint with them far into their mature like.

Basics Mastered During Phase 2

  • Open Range will reinforce skill training from Phase 1 and add “duration” to those skill sets. In the care of Open Range once a puppy is given a known obedience command they are expected to hold it until they are “released”. “Duration” simply means we are working on task responsiveness, longevity, and attentiveness during high stress or complex situations.
  • Your pup will be going on a lot of outings. Open Range will begin “shaping” behaviors that are paramount to the pup passing the Public Access Test. 

Phase 2 Testing Standards

Open Range uses the Public Access Test as the main standard for reviewing and measuring successful completion of Phase 2 training. During Open Range Phase 2 Service Dog Training we will concentrate on the social behaviors addressed in the Public Access Test.

1. Training/Controlling Aids: Throughout the test, no treats, leash corrections, or training aids were used.

While PSDP encourages training throughout the lifetime of the dog, the PAT is designed to give a good snapshot of how the dog can be expected to behave without intensive training aids. As such, handlers are not allowed to use treats during the test. Additionally, leash corrections or other physical corrections are not permitted.

Similarly, this PAT prohibits the dog from being outfitted with any device designed to train or control by causing pain or fear (such as prong collars, choke collars, shock collars, and studded/prong harnesses). A head collar or non-prong, no-pull harness is acceptable only if the handler needs such an item due to their disability. This kind of device should only be used as an emergency failsafe (e.g., safety for balance issues), and cannot be relied on to control the dog during the test.

2. Leash Tension: Throughout the test, team had an appropriate level of looseness in the leash/harness.

The dog should not continuously/repeatedly strain at the leash (normally forms a “J”). Harness tension is okay if actively needed for disability mitigation (e.g., mobility or guide work). Retractable leashes are acceptable only when needed for disability-specific work. In either of these cases, the handler should alert the tester to the need and always maintain control without excessive pulling or wandering.

3. Inappropriate Service Dog Conduct: Throughout the test, dog did not display any inappropriate behaviors bulleted below.

• growling or inappropriate, excessive barking
• nipping or biting
• showing or baring teeth
• lunging at other people or dogs
• being out of handler’s control
• inappropriately eliminating (urinating or defecating)

4. Working Position: Throughout the test, dog was comfortable and confident in its working position.

Each team’s working position will be different to meet their unique requirements. When the person is seated in place, a small dog may work exclusively from the user’s lap. When moving, dogs that are normally held or carried also need to be able to pass the relevant challenges from the ground.

5. Vehicles and Public Transportation:

  • Dog enters and exits any form of transportation in a safe manner.
  • Dog is able to ride in any form of transportation in a controlled manner.

6. Parking Lot Behavior: Dog transits parking lot safely.

7. Controlled Entry into a Building: Dog enters building in a controlled manner.

8. Navigating a Store:

  • Dog does not bump into shelves or interact with merchandise.
  • Dog does not interact with other people unless instructed to do so.
  • Dog does not lick or closely sniff food or other items in store.*
  • Dog maintains a working position while the handler uses a shopping cart.

9. Working with Distractions: Dog is able to work despite distractions encountered in normal working environment.

10. Obedience Training: 

  • Dog holds a sit, down, or stand stay on cue for 30 seconds.
  • Dog comes on cue from a distance of 6 feet or greater.
  • Dog walks past and leaves a food item on the ground.
  • Dog is able to ignore, greet, or get out of the way of a stranger, whatever the dog has been trained or cued to do.
  • Dog does not exhibit any inappropriate behavior when touched by a stranger.
  • Dog focuses on the handler on cue.

11. Restaurant:

  • Dog does not beg or attempt to eat or closely sniff any food on the floor or on tables.*
  • Dog is positioned to cause the least obstruction to the flow of business.
  • Dog is not on a table, chair, or bench, but is always either on the floor or in a lap if required for disability mitigation.
  • Handler does not feed or water their dog from the table.

12. Elevator: Dog should be able to load into an elevator and travel both up and down with the dog remaining confident and unruffled in a sit, down, or standing position.

13. Stairs: If the handler uses stairs, the dog should maintain a working position. The dog should not cause the handler or others to fall or stumble. Teams that do not navigate stairways should be able to navigate wheelchair access ramps in the same manner.

14. Working around Other Dogs: Dog should be able to maintain a working mode while in the presence of other dogs.

15. Use of Public Restrooms: Dog does not cause a disturbance in the restroom.

Open Range Training Challenge

Phase 2 training does not stop or begin with the Public Access Test. Puppies enrolled in the Open Range Service Dog Training Program are here for one purpose, to become a Service Dog. The testing standards set forth in each Phase of Service Dog Training are great mile-markers and standards for staff to achieve and for clients to follow the pups achievements. However, we at Open Range Pups, understands that the ultimate goal for a pup in Service Dog training is to become a Service Dog and we will consistently strive to move the pup beyond boundaries and toward higher goals everyday. 

It does not matter which Phase of training you enroll your pup in, we want you to know that your pup will comes home at his/her maximum potential.

Optional Phase 2 “AKC Therapy Dog Novice” Certificate*

Open Range offers the title of “AKC Therapy dog Novice” including 10 visits with Open Range Trainers.

What is required for the AKC Therapy Dog Certificate? 

  1. Certified/registered by an AKC recognized therapy dog organization.
  2. Perform the required number of visits for the title for which you are applying. For your convenience in helping you track your visits, you can use the Therapy Dog Record of Visits Sheet.
    • FOR A SINGLE FACILITY: As an example, if you see multiple clients over a 2 hour time period on the same day, that is ONE VISIT. [In a hospital, you visit Mr. Jones, Ms. Smith, Mr. Roberts, Ms. White, this is ONE VISIT, not 4 visits].
    • For each day/date at a facility, no matter how many clients one sees, this counts as 1 visit. If you take a break and return to the same facility on the same day, this counts as ONE VISIT.
    • For MULTIPLE FACILITIES: Example: You do therapy work on your day off. In the morning, you go to an assisted living facility. You take your dog home at lunch to rest. In the afternoon, you go to a school. THIS IS 2 visits, no matter how many clients you saw per facility.

Phase Two Alterations:

Open Range does NOT accept Alterations to Phase Two

Phase Two Cancellation:

Once a phase of training has been completed Open Range does not allow the client to cancel the contract. However, during training if the client wishes to cancel training they will be billed a pro-rated price based on the “Standard,” training costs, not the “Program Costs”

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Terms and Conditions: 


LIMITATION AND LIABILITY: Client agrees understands and acknowledges that the elimination or modification of behaviors is not guaranteed. The client acknowledges that dog training will not provide exact results. Each dog is different in regards to ability, breeding and temperament. Furthermore, Client understands and agrees that if their dog gets fleas, ticks or worms, contracts any illness or disease, is stolen, or engages in any dangerous, vicious or unwanted behavior, during or after all services provided by Open Range Pups, on or off our premises, Clients Home or Business or any other location, that Client accepts the risk and agrees that Open Range Pups shall not be held responsible for it or any resulting injuries, losses, damages, costs or expenses.


ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS: While in our care Open Range is not responsible for any veterinary bills that are incurred as a result of any accidents or incidents that involve the Clients Dog. Open Range suggests that each client purchases premium pet insurance for their dog, this would help cover costs of accidents or incidents while in the care of Open Range (eg. surgery if a dog swallows a toy, etc). 


SOLE AGREEMENT: This Agreement supersedes all prior discussions, representations, warranties and agreements of the parties, and expresses the entire agreement between Client and Open Range Pups regarding the matters as described throughout this contract. The parties confirm that, except for that which is specifically written in this Agreement, no promises, representations or oral understandings have been made with regard to the Dog or anything else.


PHOTOGRAPHS AND STATEMENTS: Owner authorizes use of their pet’s visual image(s) and statements in newsletters, posters, and other materials.


AGREEMENT: I have read, acknowledge and agree to all terms, conditions and legal provisions as set forth throughout this contract which represents Clients entire agreement with Open Range Pups. Furthermore, my initials and signature on this agreement are proof of my acceptance of this entire agreement. I authorize Open Range Pups to charge my credit card if it was provided as payment for services.


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Signed by Dawn Scott
Signed On: November 29, 2018

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