Our dogs

Service Dogs

Our service dogs are trained to do tasks such as: open and close doors, turn lights on and off, retrieve a telephone or other objects, pick up dropped objects (like a bank card or keys), pull manual wheelchairs, carry items like groceries, retrieve medication and provide balance and stability to clients with mobility issues.

Our service dogs usually need to be of a larger, solid build, and are often Labrador Retrievers or Golden Retrievers.

Hearing Dogs

These dogs are trained to alert their partner to a variety of sounds such as: knocking on the door, doorbells, ringing telephones, timers and smoke alarms. The dogs are trained to alert their partner to what is causing the sound by physically touching the person with their paw(s).

Our hearing dogs are usually smaller breed dogs (under 40 pounds), but occasionally we will train a smaller Labrador or Golden Retriever if the dog has a suitable temperament.

Intervention Dogs

Intervention dogs are meant to assist community care professionals where there would be physical, social or emotional improvement with the addition of a dog and its specially trained dog-handler team. Our Canine Assisted Intervention (CAI) Teams may work with groups or individuals of any age. There are specific goals with the dog’s involvement, and the process is documented and evaluated.
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