Posts by NEADS World Class Service Dogs

Puppy Love – NEADS Puppy Raisers

When you bring an eight-week-old puppy into your home, it quickly becomes part of your life. You love it, watch it grow, invest time in housebreaking and basic training. And…

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Guidelines for Assistance Dogs

We have heard from a number of you asking for guidance and tips for going back to work with your Assistance Dogs. We understand that you might have concerns about…

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International Assistance Dog Week

It’s International Assistance Dog Week, and during this week, NEADS is helping raise awareness and educate about these amazing dogs by answering our most frequently asked questions about Service Dogs. You can help by sharing with others. 

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Hospitalization and Recovery during a Pandemic

The pandemic has been difficult for all our TAD* veterans, but one client in particular, Rebecca, found herself in an extremely tough situation. A few months prior to the pandemic, she had to make the hard decision to have her second leg amputated. She had only had her Service Dog, Sully, for about 4 months at that time and was clearly worried about what to do with him while in the hospital…

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Connecting in a Time of Isolation

When Covid-19 hit, we knew that connecting with as many clients as possible was important, particularly the veterans with PTSD in our Trauma Assistance Dog (TAD) program. Talking to these veterans, it was apparent that the isolation and stresses of quarantine, stay-at-home orders, and social distancing brought on by the pandemic was getting to them…

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Campus Clinic

In early June, Dr. Christine Pelletier, our volunteer Medical Director, as well as several NEADS staff members held a two-day Campus Clinic for 36 NEADS dogs in training for vaccinations, health checks, and nail trimmings.

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Training Town Trip

NEADS Director Training, Kathy Foreman, along with Apprentice Trainers Michelle and Michael, took 3 Service Dogs in Training on a town trip to Leominster last week. Training opportunities are everywhere if you know where to look. Nice weather helps.

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VA Service Dog Benefits

You are eligible to apply for the VA Service Dog Benefit if the reason you have the Service Dog is service-connected. The Service Dog must also be provided to you by a fully accredited organization through Assistance Dogs International (ADI) for PTSD, Hearing, and Physical Service Dogs, or International Guide Dog Federation for Guide Dogs.

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Assistant Veterinary Coordinator

Overview: Assist the Veterinary Coordinator with daily management and tasks needed to maintain the health and welfare of program dogs. Primary Accountabilities/Responsibilities: Assist Veterinary Coordinator with any tasks delegated and…

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