Thinking about a Dog from ADAI?

Having a service or therapy dog could be a wonderful addition to your life. But it’s also a big responsibility. Read below to learn about the types of dogs we provide. Then learn more about the details on the Applicant Step-by-Step page and Applicant FAQs page.

Service Dogs

Perhaps more than anything else, persons with disabilities want to remain as independent as possible. ADAI’s highly trained service dogs help to do just that. By assisting consumers with everyday tasks, such as opening doors and carrying items, service dogs give a tremendous boost to self-confidence and self-reliance. At ADAI, we train each dog in tasks tailored to the individuals they serve. Here are just some of the tasks ADAI service dogs are trained to provide:

  • Opening doors, cupboards, refrigerators, dryers, etc.
  • Retrieving cordless phones
  • Activating adaptive switches
  • Aiding in dressing
  • Carrying items
  • Picking up dropped items
  • Assisting clients up from a fall
  • Help in climbing stairs
  • Providing balance for walking

Therapy Dogs

ADAI provides highly trained therapy dogs for individuals. Therapy dogs are trained to be extremely patient, loving companions. Here is a little more about ADAI Therapy Dogs:

School Therapy Dogs

This program places therapy dogs in schools. The dogs help students in counseling settings, help improve student motivation and social skills, and even provide an audience to encourage students to read! Dogs are treated as a member of the faculty and create a sense of family in the school environment.

Visit The Allie Project website to download lesson plans involving therapy dogs to be used by teachers, counselors, and schools.

Special Needs Therapy Dogs

There are times when the simple presence and loving nature of a dog can help persons with special needs to open up to the world around them. Special needs therapy dogs have been particularly beneficial for persons with developmental disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome. With the presence of these dogs, persons can work on therapies that help improve speech, coordination, and social skills. For some persons with special needs, a therapy dog gives them a renewed sense of purpose.

We do not currently train dogs to assist those individuals who are hearing impaired, vision impaired, have seizures, dementia, or PTSD.

If you are looking for a dog who can help with these concerns, please click here for a list of ADI accredited programs in North America who might be able to server your needs.