Successor Dog

Preparing for a Successor Dog

After developing such a strong bond with your Service Dog, it can be difficult imagining life without them by your side. As your service dog ages, it is important to speak with your veterinarian and seek his/her opinion on how your dog is performing and how much longer your dog will be able to continue to serve in the capacity of a service dog. It is also important to ask yourself, “Can I continue my current level of independence with my current dog?” If the answer is no, it may be time to consider your options. It’s up to you to determine if and when you want to retire your service dog. Please read How to Retire a Service Dog.

Any client who has received a service dog from SDA is eligible to apply for a Successor Dog. Please read and download the Procedure of Application. Please contact SDA for a full application by calling 701-685-2242 or email


It is the policy of Service Dogs for America (SDA) that current clients approved for a successor dog have priority over first time applicants.