Frequently Asked Questions
NEADS trains and places:
- Service Dogs for individuals with physical disabilities
- Facilitated Service Dogs for children with physical disabilities (children ages 12 and up)
- Hearing Dogs for individuals aged 15 and older who are deaf or who suffer severe hearing loss
- Service Dogs for children with autism or other developmental disabilities (children ages 8-16)
- Assistance Dogs are partnered with professionals in classroom, ministry, therapy, hospital, and courthouse settings
- Service Dogs for Veterans who have a permanent disability, are deaf or who suffer from severe hearing loss, or who suffer from combat-related post-traumatic stress
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Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
NEADS does not have a Psychiatric Service Dog program. If you are a veteran looking for a Service Dog to help with PTSD, please contact us using the form on this page.
NEADS does not have a program for emotional support or comfort animals.
For a Psychiatric Service Dog program that may be able to help, contact Assistance Dogs International.
For emotional support animals, we suggest talking to a trainer or veterinarian in your area who may be able to help you find and train a dog that can provide comfort in your home.
A: NEADS does not train dogs that are already owned by individuals. Contact Assistance Dogs International for information about other organizations who may be able to help.
Our World-Class Service Dogs complete their 18-24 month training off campus through our Prisoner PUP Program and with our volunteer Weekend Puppy Raisers; therefore we are not able to guarantee attendance of dogs for presentations, training, or tours.
Furthermore, we bring our Service Dogs in Training out in public for specific training exercises. This means they are working, and are not available for petting and playing.
You may want to consider a visit from a pet therapy organization, which you can find by searching online.