Service Dogs for Special Needs

Service Dogs for Special Needs

We get a lot of people asking about where they can find a service dog for special needs.  We’ve compiled a list of resources from our clients who have experience with service dogs for special needs. Each of them offers different

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 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…/canine-companions-for…/

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.

Email: [email protected]


5.) Mobility and PTSD Service Dogs for Veterans  and

While you might not think that military veterans can be classified as “persons with special needs,” nothing could be further from the truth. Brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines continue to return from combat with severe injuries that limit their mobility and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Dogs that are trained to help those with limited mobility are trained to help with a number of everyday tasks the rest of us take for granted. They can open and close doors, pick things up from the floor, help pull socks off, open and close drawers and cabinets, help provide extra stability when their human companion is climbing the stairs or walking.

Those dogs who are trained to work with those who are suffering from PTSD, panic disorder and depression have a lot to offer. They can provide the comfort needed to stop a panic attack and assist when their human is trying to cope with PTSD and depression. Everyone knows there is nothing better than to have a canine companion. They bring happiness and a calm, stable nature to their human in need. All service dogs for special needs veterans are provided to the veteran completely free of charge. The only costs involved are for travel and lodging for the person’s initial interview and the transition training located in Cedar Park, TX.

6.) Scout’s Legacy – Service Dogs for Special Needs

Our goal at Scout’s Legacy is to bring independence back into a person’s life with a dog who is trained to assist their specific disability. We cater to each dog, according to the disabilities each person has so they can have as much or as little help as they need. We strive for dogs who are trained in every aspect of obedience and expect well-behaved dogs who do their jobs. Scout’s Legacy is a Texas Non-profit and working towards our 501(c) status so we can continue to help people who need our services.

Email [email protected]

Phone: (469) 879-0695

7.) IDEA Service Dogs for Those with Special Needs

The founders of IDEA Service Dogs believe that many physically challenged people can achieve an improved quality of life through the addition of a service dog, which they raise and train themselves through a comprehensive program designed specifically for their needs.

Phone: (817) 437-3181

Email: [email protected]

For more information, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to get you answers!

Special Strong provides fitness and nutrition for special needs children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other disabilities. Through our online training platform, we also provide special needs fitness certification courses for personal trainers and service providers who want to work autism and other disabilities.