FAQ

Do you train personal dogs? – No, we do not train personal dogs. To keep the wait time for a Service Dog as low as possible for our Veterans, we are unable to train dogs outside of our program. If you would like more information on how to train your personal dog or to find an organization that might be able to help please visit: https://assistancedogsinternational.org/ or https://karenpryoracademy.com/
Do you accept rescues to be trained? Can I donate a rescue? -While occasionally we can accept a rescue into our training program, generally we do not accept rescues. When considering a rescue to be trained, we use trusted sources from our local rescues for recommendations on dogs that would potentially be a good fit for the program. To find an organization to potentially donate to a rescue, please visit: https://assistancedogsinternational.org/
What breeds do you use? -We primarily utilize Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and Standard Poodles. Occasionally, we can accept other breeds, contingent upon a temperament test. We primarily use these breeds due to their natural retrieval instincts and their low protective drive.
Do you rehab dogs? -No, we do not rehab dogs or assist in rehoming.
Where do you get your dogs from? -We get our puppies at 6-8 weeks old, from individual breeders that we have relationships with knowing the health background, and temperament of the parents and grandparents. We also use trusted sources from our local rescues for recommendations on dogs that would potentially be a good fit for the program.
Why do you not accept all rescue dogs? -We do not accept all rescue dogs due to the unknown history of the temperament, behavior, health, and overall background of the dog. It can be difficult to train out behaviors that the dog has already learned, and we still run the risk of default behaviors presenting themselves. Due to this, it would extend the already long potentially 2-3 year wait for our Veterans.
Could you provide an ESA/Service Dog letter for my landlord (apartment complexes, rental homes, etc.)? -We are unable to provide any documentation for any dog that is not an ADI Certified Service Dog from Patriot PAWS Service Dogs.