NEADS Service Dogs
"He provides safety, assurance, and assistance every single day..."
Celine and NEADS Service Dog Raylan
Service Dogs assist adults and children with physical disabilities by picking up dropped items, turning light switches on and off, tugging doors open, and much more. The tasks that Service Dogs can perform include:
- picking up dropped items
- retrieving objects from tables or counters
- turning light switches on and off
- pushing automatic door buttons
- tugging doors and cabinets open
- barking on command for help
- getting a cellphone in an emergency
- and more
Service Dogs accompany their adult partner wherever they go, including the workplace, shopping and traveling. These dogs provide independence, safety, and connection.
Facilitated Service Dogs are placed with children age 12 and up with the partnership of a parent or guardian (also known as a facilitator). This facilitator must live with the client and accompany him or her in all public places whenever the dog is present. Although the child is the main caregiver for the dog and does most of the work with the dog, the facilitator may take on some responsibility for assisting the child in the care, health and safety of the dog. Ultimately, the facilitator must make sure that the dog's needs are being met and that all training criteria are adhered to. Facilitated Service Dogs do not attend school with children, since the facilitator must always accompany the dog and client in public places.
The process to receive a NEADS Service Dog involves multiple steps. Start the process by taking our Prequalifying Questionnaire to find out if a Service Dog is right for you.