NEADS World Class Service Dogs
Hearing Dog, Autism Assistance for Children, Service Dog (Veterans), Facility Dog
Labs, Lab/Golden Crosses
Assistance Dogs International
The organization provides:
General Vet Costs
Emergency Vet Costs
Flea/Tick and Heartworm Preventatives
All Equipment (Collars, Leashes, etc.)
Raisers pay for:
Vet Costs caused by Raiser "Negligance"
Replacement Equipment if lost or destroyed
Supplies & Financial
Socialization, Grooming & Handling, Potty Training, House Manners, Loose Leash Walking, Basic Obedience Cues (Sit, Down, Stand, Stay, etc.), Self-Control around Distractions, & Public Access Behavior
Possible depending on the dog
Weekly classes in person at the college + one in public class/month
18 months +/-
Gentle Leader/Head Collar
There is a puppy raising manual.
Raisers are notified at least two weeks in advance of the dog coming in for Advanced Training for placement. Raisers will coordinate with the Instructor for dropping off for Advanced Training. Depending on the location of the raiser, we will either pick up the dog or ask that the raiser return the dog to NEADS. When Raisers turn dogs in for Advanced Training, we take a photo with the dog and send them a card with the dog’s paw print on it. When the dog has finished training and has been matched, the raiser is notified. The raiser is also invited to the annual graduation where they can meet the client.
NEADS holds an annual graduation for its most recent clients and puppy raisers are invited to attend. They are also invited to a Meet & Greet prior to the graduation.
College student puppy raisers receive a NEADS Service Dog in Training who is six to eight months old. At this age, the dog is housebroken and has learned some very basic skills. We understand that students have many responsibilities. To ensure that participants can balance their roles as students and puppy raisers, multiple support systems are in place. The NEADS College Puppy Raiser Program consists of student “Pods” that include puppy raisers, co-raisers, and puppy sitters who all work closely together to help raise the puppy for its future role as working Service Dog. These Pods are supported by the college liaison and NEADS Instructors.
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