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 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. Meals will be provided by civic organizations and other volunteers.

If you have any questions about applying for a dog, contact Letha Nelson, Client Services at 785-325-2256 ext 115 or lnelson@ksds.org.