Service Dogs

* The application has several phases and includes requests for a video and an interview.

Service dogs are specially trained to provide assistance to people with physical disabilities, from individuals who use wheelchairs for mobility to those requiring a steady four-legged partner to balance them as they walk.

Some of their skills include retrieving dropped or selected items, assisting in dressing and undressing, pulling wheelchairs, bracing for balance or transfers, turning lights on and off, and opening and closing a variety of different types of doors.

At this time, due to lack of funding, we do not train dogs for Autism, Alzheimer’s, cognitive challenges, diabetes, hearing loss, emotional assistance, post traumatic stress disorders (ptsd) or seizures.

People who receive service dogs must be at least 12 years of age and will generally attend team training on the KSDS campus in Washington, Kansas for 13 days. Students will stay in the handicap accessible apartments on campus provided by KSDS Assistance Dogs, Inc. with the  help of funding from Kansas Lions Clubs.  The majority of meals are also provided by Kansas Lions Clubs as well as other civic organizations and volunteers.

If you have any questions about applying for a service dog, contact Becky Simon, Client Services at 785-325-2256 ext 103 or bsimon@ksds.org.