Program Assistance Dogs

Program Assistance Dogs go to work with and assist full-time professionals such as physicians, teachers, counselors and other licensed therapists in the treatment of and work with their clients and students with special needs. These dogs can provide a calming effect, allowing the professional to better serve or treat the clients. These dogs do not have public access except when accompanying the professionals and their clients in order to provide assistance to the clients.

How do I apply for a Program Assistance Dog?

Before you decide to apply for a Program Assistance Dog, please read about our Application ProcessApplication Requirements, and Points to Consider.

You can download and print our Program Assistance Dog application packet by clicking HERE. Fill out the application completely and mail, along with your $50.00 application fee, to:

Dogs for the Deaf
10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, Oregon 97502

If you would like us to send you an application, please contact us using the webform below or call us at 1-800-990-3647.

Program Assistance Dog – PSA (Feb 2017)

DFD Program Assistance Dogs – PSA from Dogs for the Deaf on Vimeo.

Click HERE to read the Ashland Daily Tidings article about Program Assistance Dog Hilton’s work in the Inspire classroom.

Click HERE to read a Medford Mail Tribune article about how Program Assistance Dog Nelson helps out in the classroom.

A dog with a new lease on life is paying it forward by serving special needs students in Ashland, Oregon. It’s a new and unique teaching tool encouraging positive experiences in the classroom. Our PAWsome friend, NBC5’s Laura Cavanaugh, reports.

If you or someone you know works with people with disabilities or challenges and could benefit from the services of a Program Assistance Dog, or if you would like more information about this program, please submit the webform below or give us a call.

Your Name*

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Please enter phone number where you can be reached weekdays, 8am - 4:30pm Pacific Time

I have a fenced yard that is secure & attached to my home*

I understand that DFD is unable to train personal pets as Assistance Dogs*

I have other dogs in my household*

I understand that an Assistance Dog is a trained working animal, not a pet or a guard dog*

I understand that I will not be able to choose a specific breed, color, or sex of dog*

I understand that not all Assistance Dogs are certified for public access*

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*

I understand that I will be required to pay a non-refundable $50.00 application fee upon submission of my application*

I understand that upon acceptance of my application I will be required to pay a REFUNDABLE $500.00 Good Faith Deposit*

I understand that the REFUNDABLE $500.00 Good Faith Deposit will be returned to me after the dog & I have been together 1 year*

I understand that I must be willing & able to physically, mentally & emotionally care for a dog without assistance*

I understand that I will be required to attend obedience training classes or hire a private obedience trainer*

I understand that there will be a steep learning curve for approximately the 1st year*

I understand that DFD will be there to help me for the lifetime of my team*

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