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  • About Assistance Dogs
  • About Dog-Assisted Therapy
  • About Social Therapy Dogs
Assistance dogs work in every area of their owners' lives. They are trained to perform a multitude of tasks and to be of service to people. Our dogs are trained to assist a person with physical disabilities, providing practical aid to help an individual maintain his/her independence.
photo of Bruno walking with David in his wheelchair
Assistance dogs can perform tasks such as opening and closing doors, turning on and off lights, picking up dropped items, and retrieving the telephone, and many more tasks specific to the needs of the individual.

Individuals who are assigned an assistance dog or utilize dog- assisted therapy receive on-going training and support. Efforts vary with each individual, but center upon the expansion of the specific skills necessary to achieving a successful human-animal bond.

In addition to the dogs' training, they make loyal friends, offer sustained companionship, and provide lots of affection.

To apply for one of our trained assistance dogs, please contact us. paw print
photo of Higgins walking with Kim following her hip replacement surgery

Therapists often use these trained dogs along with traditional methods of therapy. These dogs are used to encourage motor skills and/or speech. Often a patient is more motivated to move their arm if they can throw a ball for the dog, walk if they can walk a dog, or speak if they can give the dog a command. They are often used with children to aid in their therapy, not only in the physical aspect of therapy but the emotional aspect as well. paw print

photo of Mark receiving a visit from Alex

A social therapy dog is one that a volunteer may take to a hospital or nursing home to help uplift the residents or to a reading program at a library to encourage kids to read.  paw print