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The Exceptional Sidekick Service Dogs

Pawsible Partner

Psychiatric Service Dog, Facility Dog


ADI Candidate Program

The Exceptional Sidekick Service Dogs


Must live within an hour of Newtown, CT


The organization provides:

  • Vet Bills

  • Flea/Tick and Heartworm Preventatives

  • All equipment and supplies 

Raiser pays for:

  • Food

Supplies & Financial 


Basic Skills: 

Basic obedience commands, Socialization, Loose leash walking, Potty training, Public access behavior, Self-control around distractions, Grooming

Advanced Cues:

Advanced obedience, Light Pressure Therapy, Deep Pressure Therapy, Light Retrievals 

Training Responsibilities

  • Initial Application

  • Interview with Staff 


Training classes twice a week 

Time Commitment

  • 6 month-1 year


  • Gentle Leaders

  • Harnesses

  • Flat Collars

  • Martingale Collars

Training Equipment

  • Raisers are given a manual and weekly classes.

Training Guidance

Puppy raisers are involved in every step of the process including meeting the new handler and helping them to get to know the dog. 


TESSD has an annual party to celebrate our puppy raisers, clients, dogs, and therapy dog teams. At this party, they have a special speech for each of the raisers that have graduated a dog that year. It’s a great time for all of the teams and raisers to get together. 

The puppy raisers and new handlers keep in close contact long past graduation.


TESSD provides service dogs specifically for teens and young adults struggling to complete their education due to their mental health.

Their program is unique in their placement process as all new handlers work with their service dog and TESSD staff closely for a full year after placement. Most service dog organizations provide two weeks of training.

TESSD also has an owner training program. 

TESSD has very flexible raising options such as only weekends or holidays. 


 To gather the most up to date and accurate information about an organization it is best to contact them directly. Pawsible is not partnered with all listed organizations and does not formally endorse every listed organization.

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