Facilities sometimes have special needs of love and comfort best provided by a highly trained canine companion. Facility dogs work daily in public or private sectors such as family court, domestic abuse safe havens, schools, fire stations, rehabilitation centers, orphanages, and assisted living centers.
Facility dogs are trained to live on-site or go to work each day, providing love and support to all residents. A dedicated "facilitator" is required to provide all of the dogs essential care, including its handling, oversight and financial care. While all costs of a facility dog may be paid in abundance with fundraising, we do require a dedicated facilitator to ensure the dogs is properly cared for.
We provide only adult, fully trained dogs. The breeds selected are family-friendly companion dogs such as Golden Retrievers, Labrador retrievers and Doodles. Facility dogs have highly skilled training to ensure on leash and off leash control at all times. Facility dogs receive extensive training in an environment that provides them with the experience they will need to be an amazing facility dog for years to come. Our dogs are a reflection of our hard work and commitment to ensuring a lifelong partnership with you and your community! Training begins with selecting puppies from stock with excellent temperament and heath clearances. Training includes yummy treats, handling, socializing, field trips, obedience training, puppy play and so much more. They are not raised by volunteers, they live with with our experienced trainer from start to finish. Our puppies stay with us until training is complete, up to 2 years! We do not ever recommend a working staff member obtain a puppy to "train it" to become a facility dog. If you feel you do have the perfect dog to become a facility dog, please contact our Head Trainer for an evaluation.
We are absolutely equal-opportunity in selecting our applicants, however, the nature of the Facilitator's role does require hearing, vision, cognitive awareness, workplace commitment and financial stability to ensure the safe and effective handling of the facility dog for life.
If you are interested in applying for a facility dog, please download and fill out the application below. Please return by mail for confidentiality.