ASSISTANCE DOGS & TRAINING INFO

If you already have a dog that you would like to train to assist you with physical disabilities or hearing impairments, there are several local / state organizations that provide such training. Their parameters and criteria differ, so it is recommended that you contact them directly for more information. Not all dogs, particularly German Shepherds, are suited for such training, thus must be evaluated first. Neither of these groups provide dogs...only training. SW German Shepherd Rescue does not offer assistance dog training. That said, many certified dogs were rescued dogs and do very well.

It is not always possible to know whether or not a dog will take well to the tasks needed; however, some show more of an aptitude than others. Still, there is no guarantee that the dog you adopt will be a good candidate. Since we ask our adopters to make a lifetime commitment to their adopted GSDs, you must be prepared to keep your companion, regardless of whether or not you are able to certify him or her as an assistance or service dog.

Top Dog - TOP DOG Service Dog Training--TUCSON

Leashes for Living Assistance Dog School, LLC -- PHOENIX

Power Paws

Happy Tails Service Dogs -------------PHOENIX

Handi-Dogs - Home Page --NORTH TUCSON

Canine Companions -----------CALIFORNIA

CCI / Southwest Region - San Diego/AZ Chapter

There are also other out-of-state organizations which provide very in depth and often expensive training for certified service dogs; some provide dogs as well:

Paws With A Cause - Home Page

Open Directory - Society: Disabled: Service Animals: Dogs

Paws'itive Teams - Assistance and Service Dog Training, Pet Therapy and Other Services

WOLF PACKSŪ - List of Service Dog Schools and Information

GENERAL INFO--SERVICE, ASSISTANCE & GUIDE DOGS; TESTING & LAWS: Assistance Dogs International | Home

Getting turned down for a service dog for a child or because you're "not disabled enough" or "too disabled?" Visit and read Karen's Shirk's web site thoroughly: 4 PAWS for ABILITY

THE LINK BELOW, OBTAINED FROM PET PARTNER'S (FORMERLY DELTA SOCIETY) WEB SITE, ADDRESSESS ALL OF THE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO SERVICE/ASSISTANCE ANIMALS AND PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION ON THIS OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD SUBJECT:

http://www.petpartners.org/page.aspx?pid=304#MakeMine

LIST OF AVAILABLE DOGS