Impact Lives

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We're passionate about teaching children all about service dogs — and how they impact the lives of inmates and those with disabilities. That's why we've provided teaching resources like vocabulary, activity pages, and more at no cost to parents and teachers.

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Service dog organizations use terms that may be unfamiliar to many people, especially children.

Here's some vocabulary we use every day:

Mobility Assistance Dogs

These dogs are specially trained for those with movement issues to provide them with greater independence. They can perform many tasks that would otherwise be impossible or quite difficult for their human to do on their own. Mobility assistance dogs can do things like turn on lights, pick up dropped objects, and push automatic door buttons.

Veteran Assistance Dogs
These dogs primarily offer mobility assistance to veterans with injuries or disabilities. A mobility assistance dog can also be trained to interrupt a nightmare, alert to anxiety, or apply pressure to help in relieving anxiety if the veteran struggles with PTSD.
Diabetic Alert Dogs

These dogs use their amazing sense of smell to detect low blood sugar levels. They are trained to alert their handler when they smell their blood sugar getting low and can even retrieve their testing kits.

Facility Dogs

Facility dogs work with professionals who incorporate the dog into the care of their clients, patients, or students. They're most frequently placed in hospitals or schools with individuals who have special needs.

Autism Assistance Dogs

An autism assistance dog is a service dog trained to help a person with autism (typically a child) as they gain independence. They do this by bridging the parent-child communication gap, relieving anxiety, and prompting behavioral changes.

In-Home Skilled Companion Dogs

These dogs provide balance support for their owners, retrieve dropped and named objects, and find help within the home or hit a medical alert button in case of an emergency. In-home skilled companion dogs do NOT have public access or ADA coverage, but they DO graduate with the same skills as our service dogs.

Public Access

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, businesses must permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go.

Facilitated Placement

Usually placed with younger children, facilitated assistance dogs are part of a three-way team. This team is typically made up of a parent/guardian, the child, and the service dog. The parent/guardian is responsible for ensuring the service dog and client are an effective team by doing things like managing the dog in public, caring for the dog's training, health, and safety, and helping the child interact with the dog.

Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement means that after a desired behavior is shown, a reward closely follows, making that behavior more likely to happen again in the future. We train exclusively with positive reinforcement, meaning all of the dogs are rewarded for what they do correctly.


A cue is a verbal command given to the dog to prompt them to perform a specific task. You probably already know some simple cues like sit, stay, and roll over. Different service dog organizations may use different cues when training their dogs.

Our dogs help clients and inmates

discover hope, independence, and unconditional love.