assistance dog programs

Assistance dogs are highly trained in specific tasks to help individuals with disabilities achieve greater independence. Guide dogs help a visually impaired person to navigate their life, thereby providing increased mobility and independence. Hearing dogs specialize in alerting deaf or hard-of-hearing partners to key sounds - an alarm, a doorbell, a smoke detector or a crying child.


Service dogs assist mobility-impaired individuals with such specific tasks as opening doors, handling monetary transactions at stores, retrieving dropped items, switching lights on and off and bringing the phone in an emergency.

Medical alert dogs are trained to warn a diabetic of a potentially fatal drop in blood sugar, to anticipate a partner’s epileptic seizure or to prevent or soothe a debilitating panic attack. Specially trained autism dogs partner with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder to help prevent fleeing, to increase social interaction and to engage difficult to reach children.

With the partnership of a highly specialized dog, thousands of people with disabilities and their families are offered increased independence and confidence, along with the gift of unconditional love.

The Planet Dog Foundation is proud of its support for the following exemplary organizations:


Assistance Dogs of America Assistance Dog Institute Assistance Dogs of the West
America's Vet Dogs - The Veteran's K-9 Corps, Inc. Brigadoon Assistance Dogs Can-Do Canines
Canine Partners of the Rockies Carolina Canines for Service, Inc. East Coast Assistance Dogs
Educated Dogs Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc. Freedom Service Dogs
Guiding Eyes for the Blind Indiana Canine Assistance Network (ICAN) International Hearing Dogs
NEADS New Horizons Service Dogs, Inc. Paws & Think, Inc.
OccuPaws Guide Dog Association Paws Giving Independence Prison Pet Partnership
Puppies Behind Bars Service Dog Project, Inc. Service Dogs of Virginia
Susquehanna Service Dogs Tender Loving Canines Texas Hearing & Service Dogs