Love in the Lead Service Dog Program

Love in the Lead provides professionally trained, reliable and affordable service dogs. We offer private service dog training for the following; Guide Dogs for the blind, Seizure Response Service Dogs, Mobility Assistance Service Dogs, Autism Assistance Dogs, and Psychiatric Service Dogs.


A service dog is a major investment of both time and resources, and we do our best to find the highest quality dogs, provide the most reliable and effective training, and provide extensive team training and follow up services. Love in the Lead follows industry standards in the training, testing, and placement of our service dogs.

Owner & Head Trainer Rebecca Golian has years of experience evaluating, training, and placing service dogs. She is a licensed and Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and is also a Qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor. Rebecca is also the Founder and Executive Director of Healing Canines, a local non-profit that provides service dogs free of charge to residents of North and South Carolina. 


Benefits of our Service Dog Program

  • Customized training program

  • Ability to choose your own dog

  • Full ownership of the dog

  • No long wait-list to begin training

  • Private, one-on-one instruction

  • Licensed and professional trainers

  • Program that follows industry standards

  • Lifetime support for the team


Unbeatable Customer Service

Not only can we select, train, and deliver your ideal service dog, but you are part of the process from start to finish. You get to pick your own dog, you will receive high quality photos and videos of your dog during training, and you receive lifetime support! We include a free follow up visit at 6 months and 12 months post graduation, and we offer free phone and email support for as long as you own the dog.

Finding the Right Dog

Love in the Lead offers service dog evaluation services and has relationships with several reputable breeders. We help clients find suitable puppies or older dogs (6 months-1 year of age) that have some basic obedience training, have been properly socialized, and have shown to have exceptional temperaments suitable for service work.


We also have our own puppy raising program and offer "Started Service Dogs" for purchase. These puppies are hand-picked by Rebecca Golian and undergo Phase 1 and Phase 2 of formal service dog training through Love in the Lead. The dogs are available for sale at around 7 months of age. We commonly use Labrador Retrievers, Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, and Standard Poodles. To see our available started service dogs please click here.

It takes a unique temperament to work safely and effectively as a service dog, therefore service dog selection is a vital part of the process and should be done by a qualified professional. Our formal service dog evaluations include a full report on the dog’s temperament, conformation, health history, and training history. Dogs are evaluated in a large city, to ensure their confidence and
willingness to work in busier environments.


Affordable and Reliable Service Dogs

Our service dog training program is affordable and can be completely customized. Large service dog schools estimate the cost of a fully trained service dog to be between $40-60k. Due to the structure of our program, we can offer fully trained service dogs for much less.

Cost of a Started Service Dog through our program: $15,000

Cost of Phase 3 Service Dog Training through our program: $10,000 

Total Cost for a fully trained Service Dog through Love in the Lead: $25,000

*Costs do not include equipment. On average, our clients spend between $500-1000 for equipment

The final price includes Phase 4 Team Training which is the placement/delivery of the dog and team certification testing. Travel fees (hotel and mileage) will apply for clients outside of the Charlotte, NC metro area.

Seeing is believing!

We post daily videos and photos of all the dogs in training. Owners are able to watch their dogs during their formal training!

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