Year of the NEADS Dog

A regular column in which we highlight the transition our Service Dogs in Training make during their first year with NEADS.

Year of the NEADS Dog Month 8 – A Different Route

We continue our Year of the NEADS Dog series, in which we highlight the transition our Service Dogs in Training make during their first year with us, by highlighting a different path that some of our puppies take. Most NEADS Service Dogs are raised in correctional facilities through our Prison PUP Program. The dogs live…

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Year of the NEADS Dog Month 7 – Advances in Training in Prison

This month in our Year of the NEADS Dog series,, we check in to see how our puppy is progressing in prison.

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Year of the NEADS Dog Month 6 – Weekend Training and Socialization Advances

We’re halfway through our Year of the NEADS Dog series, in which we highlight the transition our Service Dogs in Training make during their first year with us, and it’s time to check back in with our Weekend Puppy Raisers. Housetraining is mostly complete, and, after several months of spending weekends with their pup, these…

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Year of the NEADS Dog Month 5 – Veterinary Care in Prison

This month, our Year of the NEADS Dog series, in which we highlight the transition our Service Dogs in Training make during their first year with us, focuses on the all-important veterinary care of the pups in prison. While day-to-day monitoring of the pups’ health falls to the inmates and the prison liaisons, NEADS has…

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Year of the NEADS Dog Month 4 – Training Advances and the Gentle Leader

Our Year of the NEADS Dog series, in which we highlight the transition our Service Dogs in Training make during their first year with us, continues with the next big step for our puppy – practicing its obedience around different types of medical equipment and learning to wear a Gentle Leader.

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Year of the NEADS Dog Month 3 – Puppy’s First Field Trip

Our Year of the NEADS Dog series, in which we highlight the transition our Service Dogs in Training make during their first year with us, continues with the next big step for our puppy – meeting its Weekend Puppy Raiser and venturing out into public. After spending two weekends in prison to bond with the…

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Year of the NEADS Dog Month 2 – Off to Prison

Our Year of the NEADS Dog series, in which we highlight the transition our Service Dogs in Training make during their first year with us, continues with the next big step for most puppies – off to one of seven correctional facilities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for task work and obedience training. There, each…

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Year of the NEADS Dog Month 1 – Socialization

We’re welcoming the Year of the Dog with our own Year of the NEADS Dog, in which we highlight the transition our Service Dogs in Training make during their first year with us. Today, we start where all the pups start – at The Laura J. Niles Early Learning Center. Most puppies arrive at the…

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