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Our service dogs are professionally trained in basic command, AKC Canine Good Citizen Tasks and specialized training based on the needs of the veteran or first responder receiving the dog. Dogs that Help service dogs are trained two different ways: 


We have future dog trainers from both The Tom Rose School & Kennelwood Academy who volunteer to train a dog as part of their course curriculum. Once the student graduates, the dog is placed with the veteran or first responder to continue specific task training with our professional trainer 


Group Classes

Through our weekly group classes, the veteran or first responder is able to train their own service dog with the guidance of our professional trainer. To graduate from the course, a service dog must complete the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test, perform tasks on command & receive final approval from the trainer.

Difference between a Service Dog, ESA & Therapy Dog

Service Dog

Trained to help people with disabilities such as visual impairments, mental illnesses, seizure disorders, diabetes, etc. Only dogs, and in some cases miniature horses, are able to become service animals.

Emotional Support Animal

Provides their owners therapeutic benefits through companionship. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Emotional Support Animals are not considered service animals and not granted the same access to public establishments.

Therapy Dog

Trained to provide comfort and affection to people in hospice, disaster areas, retirement homes, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and more.

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