Our service dogs provide support to a child or adult with physical disabilities. Some of the disabilities we serve include, but are not limited to, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries, amputations, paralysis, seizure disorders and other neurological and medical disorders that limit physical mobility and independence. If you feel that you or your child could benefit from a service dog please contact us to apply.
Please note that Anchor Assistance Dogs does not train guide dogs, emotional support dogs, psychiatric service dogs, medical alert dogs, or dogs for assistance with PTSD.
Service & Facility Dog Training Program
All of the dogs we train and place have been selected based on temperament and aptitude for service work. Our puppies are carefully and thoughtfully raised and socialized in volunteer homes. After they have received a solid foundation from their puppy raisers, our dogs work with a professional trainer to determine the most appropriate placement. They receive advanced training specific to the client they will be working with, as well as behavioral assessments throughout the training process and prior to placement. We do not certify owner trained service dogs, nor do we offer service dog training for dogs that clients already own. If you are looking for training for your personal dog, contact Allie through her training business at www.letsgocanines.com
Anchor Assistance Dogs would be happy to speak at your community group, Lion's Club, library, school classroom, Boy or Girl Scout club, etc. about our service dog program and responsible dog ownership and training. If you are interested in meeting one of our program dogs and volunteers please contact us.
Our Facility Dogs provide support and therapy to many people through partnership with a professional serving children or adults in healthcare, education, courtrooms, and other government and nonprofit human service programs. Our facility dogs do not have the same full public access rights as our service dogs do; their job is to provide assistance to many people through work with their handlers. Our facility dogs live in their handler's homes and accompany them to work as needed to assist the clients they serve in their workplace setting. Our facility dogs are trained and well socialized prior to placement in preparation for their role. These dogs can provide animal assisted therapy treatment options for occupational therapists, counselors, social workers, healthcare, and other human service professionals. The human animal bond is powerful, and just the presence of a well behaved canine can provide a unique type of support and motivation for many individuals. We believe that the connection people have with canines can help breakdown social barriers, and provide a sense of comfort and hope.