All About Service Dogs

Sarah + Edison #3

Next up 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

Next up 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…

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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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5 Things to Know about Service Dogs

What does a Service Dog do? Can I pet your Service Dog? Why is that Service Dog in this store? We answer questions about Service Dogs every day, and have put together this handy information sheet about the top 5 things to know about Service Dogs.

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What Does a Classroom Assistance Dog Do?

We’re sometimes asked about the difference between a Service Dog, an Assistance Dog for the Classroom and a pet therapy dog. While on the surface they may appear similar, there are three key differences.

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I Got the Right Match

Ok, so we’re not match.com, but we hear it from our Service Dog clients every week: “I see love.” “Those eyes! My melting heart!” “My life is now complete.” “I got the right match.”

It may seem an easy task – pick a dog, assign it to a client, and a Service Dog team is formed. But the NEADS matching process is so much more.

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