Service Dogs for Special Needs
Websites & Resources
1.) Canine Companions
Canine Companions for Independence provides highly-trained service dogs for special needs to children and adults with disabilities. Established in 1975, Canine Companions now has training centers in California, Florida, Ohio, Texas, and New York. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, its training and ongoing follow-up services. For more information, call 1-800-572-BARK or visit www.cci.org. We are the first to offer dogs for special needs that is connected directly to the health care system nationwide. At Canine Companies, we believe our dogs truly make a difference in their human companion’s life.
2.) I am in My Head a Special Blog About Service Dogs for Special Needs
This is an excellent blog post that explains more about how Canine Companions works to train dogs for special needs kids. It talks about Ryan, who lives with autism and is a soma RPMer (Rapid Prompting Method) and his journey to find the perfect canine companion. The post talks about how having a service dog has made a difference in his life. For anyone who has a child on the autism spectrum and is considering a service dog for them, this is a must-read!
3.) About Canine Companions for Independence®
Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence® is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. The assistance dogs we breed, raise and train aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often, their best friends. They open up new opportunities and new possibilities and spread incredible joy. We unite people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.
Since the day we opened the doors to our first training center over 40 years ago, we have trained over 6,000 graduate teams. We are the first member of Assistance Dogs International to earn full accreditation and have over 3,000 active volunteers across the nation.
Toll-free: 1-800-572-BARK (2275)
4.) MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs
The mission of MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs is to train and place high caliber service dogs of all types to adults and children with disabilities in order to help them gain greater independence. We are committed to providing service dogs for special needs to the person in need and remaining a support resource throughout the working life of the team, while also increasing public awareness about the different types of disabilities and service dogs, and how these dogs assist their partners.
Here at MADE, we believe that acquiring an assistance dog should be easy, both financially and emotionally. Those with disabilities have enough to deal with in their day-to-day lives and therefore should not have to struggle to find and pay for a well-trained service dog to make their lives a little less difficult.
MADE trains mobility assistance dogs, PTSD assistance dogs, autism assistance dogs, and diabetic alert dogs (DADs). We also assist in the training of facility dogs.
We at MADE dedicate our time to Making Assistance Dogs Easy for individuals with disabilities because the numbers don’t lie – there is a statistically huge portion of the American population living with one or more disabilities, and we train service dogs for special needs to help these adults and children enjoy more independent lives.
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