Our Service Dogs

Our Service Dogs

Service Dogs are bred and trained to exhibit behavior and perform tasks to help their owners challenged with a disability. Our Service Dogs are trained to assist individuals with both physical and mental disabilities.

At Retrieving Independence, our clients often have multiple diagnoses where a dog may help. Because each person is unique, we are committed to developing the best possible service dog for each recipient. We focus on individualized capabilities and excellent health to sustain a long career of service. We hand-select and breed our dogs with appropriate temperament, health, conformation, learning ability and love for service.

We mostly breed and train Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and a mix of these two breeds. We occasionally breed “doodles”, which blend our Golden or Labrador Retrievers with carefully selected Poodles to produce Goldendoodles and Labradoodles. We occasionally acquire puppies from other specialized breeding programs. These puppies must have backgrounds exhibiting the excellent temperaments, robust health, stamina and intelligence required to be a service dog.

Proper dog selection, rigorous and individualized socialization, qualified training and partner matching are all key elements in developing the highest quality service dogs. All of our service dogs are ready to accompany their humans in work and school environments, at public sporting events, in restaurants and hotels, in health facilities and more.

Our service dogs perform a wide range of tasks and behaviors that improve the quality of life for their disabled owners, partners and families. We devote significant time to training and evaluating the proficiency of tasks among our dogs, their partners and the families and caregivers. Additionally, we encourage environmental and situational awareness for both the dog and human so that they can become good observers and problem solvers.

Beyond assisting with daily tasks, service dogs offer social support, companionship, anxiety reduction and can ease interactions in social and public settings. This often can increase independence, autonomy and dignity of their human partners.