All About Service Dogs

Sarah + Edison #6

Key tasks like tug, take it, and retrieve… Find out what’s next in Sarah’s chronicle of life with Edison. For daily updates, follow them on Instagram, @edison_365_sd.

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Sarah + Edison #5

Bath time to special treats to special memories… Find out what’s next in Sarah’s chronicle of life with Edison. For daily updates, follow them on Instagram, @edison_365_sd.

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Sarah + Edison #4

California-bound… riding in a Tesla… practicing commands… Find out what’s next in Sarah’s chronicle of life with Edison. For daily updates, follow them on Instagram, @edison_365_sd.

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Treat Drive for National Dog Biscuit Day

Just in time for National Dog Biscuit Day on Saturday, NEADS is kicking off a treat drive. Can you help us reach our goal of 200 bags of top-quality, high value treats? Our preferred treats are: Blue Buffalo Blue Sizzlers Bacon-Style Dog Treats Blue Buffalo BLUE Bits Training Dog Treats Merrick Mini Naturals Dog Treats…

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Sarah + Edison #3

All about treats… time with friends… a good vet checkup… which toy will he pick? Find out what’s next in Sarah’s chronicle of life with Edison. For daily updates, follow them on Instagram, @edison_365_sd.

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Sarah + Edison #2

Picking up dropped items… “better go now”… Edison’s working gear… Find out what’s next in Sarah’s chronicle of life with Edison. For daily updates, follow them on Instagram, @edison_365_sd.

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Sarah + Edison – 365 Days

Sarah was matched with NEADS Service Dog Edison in 2016. Since then, the two have been inseparable. Edison goes to work and medical appointments with Sarah, they spend time in New York City, and they visit friends from coast to coast. And everywhere they go, Edison demonstrates his impeccable Service Dog training and his devotion to Sarah. Now, Sarah is chronicling her life with Edison and sharing daily photos on Instagram. We’re pleased that she’s agreed to share them on the NEADS blog, too.

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What It Is Like Having A Service Dog

I have always been a dog person.

When I was injured in 2011, I briefly entertained the idea of having a dog, but felt I needed to take care of myself more and didn’t want to put extra responsibility on the caregivers who help me. You see, after my spinal cord injury, my life became a constant battle between different therapies, doctors’ appointments, home exercise, and just getting my life back to some normalcy. This took me a little over a year, but even then, I didn’t feel as though I could comfortably take care of a dog. Now that I have Oliver, I somewhat regret not getting a dog sooner.… but then, if I had gotten a dog sooner, it wouldn’t have been Oliver.

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The Working Dog Project

The Working Dog Project, run by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, is applying cutting-edge genomics to investigate how genetic variation influences two key working dog behaviors: scenting and retrieving. Specifically focused on finding the genetic loci associated with key behavioral traits of military and Service Dogs, the ultimate goal of the project is…

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What does a Hospital Assistance Dog Do?

We’re sometimes asked about the difference between a Service Dog, an Assistance Dog for the Hospital and a pet therapy dog. While on the surface they may appear similar, there are four key differences: training, public access, task trained, and trained to work in many environments.

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