Autism Assistance Dogs

Dogs for the Deaf’s Autism Program is currently in transition. While some programs have found great success with breeding dogs to specifically work with people with autism, Dogs for the Deaf has always had a mission to rescue dogs from shelters and train them to work with people in need. We have found that finding and rescuing suitable dogs from shelters for this important work is much more difficult. It takes a particularly remarkable dog to work reliably with a child on the autism spectrum. A dog with the appropriate temperament and size is necessary for this program.  At this time we are revitalizing the program in order to fine tune the processes to ensure success in the future.

At this time we are not accepting applications for Autism Assistance Dogs. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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I understand that DFD is unable to train personal pets as Assistance Dogs*
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I understand that an Assistance Dog is a trained working animal, not a pet or a guard dog*
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I understand that not all Assistance Dogs are certified for public access*
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I understand that the wait time for a Hearing Dog certified for public access may be longer than the wait for a Home Hearing Dog*
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I understand that upon acceptance of my application I will be required to pay a REFUNDABLE $500.00 Good Faith Deposit*
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I understand that the REFUNDABLE $500.00 Good Faith Deposit will be returned to me after the dog & I have been together 1 year*
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I understand that I must be willing & able to physically, mentally & emotionally care for a dog without assistance*
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I understand that I will be required to attend obedience training classes or hire a private obedience trainer*
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I understand that there will be a steep learning curve for approximately the 1st year*
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