Training and Placement

NEADS brings over 40 years of experience raising and training Service Dogs and a passion to provide the very best Service Dogs for our clients to every step of the process involved in creating a World Class Service Dog team.

The Dogs

Most NEADS dogs are sold to us as puppies by reputable breeders. Some puppies are acquired from animal shelters for our Hearing Dog program.

Early Learning Center

Puppies arrive at NEADS at about eight weeks of age. This is an essential time during the dog’s learning process.


Prison PUP Program

Between two and four months old, about 95% of our puppies enter the Prison PUP Program in which they are raised by prison inmates at a New England prison. The dogs spend weekends with volunteer weekend puppy raisers in the local community.

Dog Training

NEADS dogs are trained using positive reinforcement methods to encourage good behavior. We guide them into choosing behaviors that we like, in order to reward them.

Client Training

Clients spend one to two weeks at the NEADS campus learning how to work and live with their new Service Dog. Our trainers work closely with the new partners to ensure the match is a strong one.


Twice a year, NEADS celebrates the graduation of each Service Dog Team. At these festive, emotional events, clients get to share their story and meet the puppy namers, puppy raisers, staff and trainers that made their new partnership possible.