Assistance dogs open up a world of opportunity for the people who rely on them every day of their lives. Genesis Assistance Dogs takes the process of matching up dogs and clients a step further to make sure they’re a perfect fit. The process starts with an application to determine if the agency can fully accommodate the candidate. President Jeff Eagle said some people may even be turned away if their needs can’t be met by an assistance dog or if the timing isn’t right. The training of the dog starts at birth and can cost up to $30,000. Many organizations pair up assistance dogs and clients over a 6-to-8-month period, but the process at Genesis can take up to two years because the training of the dog begins only after a potential candidate is identified. Each person has specific needs with their dog that may require specialized training. Once the training is completed, the dog is given to the person free – and a new and more independent life can begin.