NEADS

NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services, also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1976 and is based in Princeton, Massachusetts.

Our Service Dogs become an extension of their handlers and bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners who are deaf or have a disability. NEADS receives very limited federal government funding and relies on the support of individuals, foundations, corporations, service organizations, bequests and workplace campaigns.

 

Rosey - 2/25/2019 UPDATE

Rosey and her weekend raiser visited a local Dick’s Sporting Goods local to the Boston area.  She was very patient during the shopping experience, by her handler utilizing the a “down/stay” set of commands for Rosey.  Rosey also took a trip to Gillette Stadium, which was a very busy place, and Rosey did a good job staying focused. 

   

 

 

Charlie - 3/25/2019 UPDATE

Lindenhurst Office

Charlie turned 1 year old on March 24!

Charlie's handler is teaching him how to find a misplaced cell phone by the smell of vanilla extract, and how to tug and hold open a heavy door so a potential client can go through the doorway.  As Charlie matures, his handler will continue to review the Service Dog task work, and obedience cues that are included in the training curriculum.  At 12 months old, Charlie has learned over 15 tasks and 30 obedience cues.

Charlie and his weekend raiser are taking field trips to sit down restaurants, hospitals, museums, and riding on public transportation. This atmosphere provides the weekend raisers with an opportunity to expose pups to typical restaurant noise and distractions.

 

                


Iris - 12/3/2018 UPDATE

Esposito & Patterson Toms River office

Iris is 8 months old!  Iris is learning more advanced commands and Service Dog task work.  Iris is being taught the task work that would be beneficial to a potential client.  Her handler is teaching Iris how to turn light switches on and off, retrieve dropped objects, push automatic accessible door buttons, and how to get an object out of the refrigerator.

Iris and her weekend raiser are taking field trips to hospitals, large cities, grocery stores, and going for rides on public transportation.

 

       


Sage - 5/3/2019 UPDATE

Wall – Muscarella Office

Sage has recently attended Easter services and also visited a rehabilitation hospital where she met up with another NEADS dog named Franklin.

Her handler has also taught Sage basic obedience cues, such as sit/stay, stand, stand/stay, leave it, down, down/stay, come, shake, and settle.  Sage will continue to review the basics, and introduce the next level of obedience cues.  Some of these are; closer (pup moves closer to the person), back (pup takes a step backward), left (pup moves to the left side of the person or apparatus), right (pup moves to the right side of the person or apparatus), and under (pup goes under a desk, table, or bench).

 

              


 

Rosey and Daisy - 10/24/18 UPDATE

Rosey and Daisey are in the final stages of their Service Dog training. Rosey and Daisey are 16 months old.

At 12 months, both of these dogs have been taught over 15 Service Dog tasks and 30 obedience cues/commands.  As the pups continue to mature, their handlers work to refine their skills, under the guidance of NEADS Senior trainers.  It is vital that service dog task work executed by NEADS dogs is done with precision, accuracy, and consistency.  These tasks provide clients with freedom and independence to get through everyday life in this world. 

 

                                        


Pepper - 12/7/18 UPDATE

Pepper has been matched with Abby as an Assistance Dog for the Courthouse!

Abby is an attorney who works with children and adults at the investigatory and trial stages of a criminal case.  Abby and Assistance Dog for the Courthouse Pepper will work together to help those in need.  Abby and Pepper began facility based training at NEADS on December 3 and will complete this training on December 11.  During facility based training, Abby is learning how to work with her new Assistance Dog Pepper under the guidance of NEADS senior trainers.  Abby and Pepper will be invited to participate in the spring 2019 graduation, on April 28, 2019 at the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg, MA.

We are so proud of Abby as she dons the red graduation cape in the photos below!

 

 

 

                                                                                          


 

Marcy -- 3/29/19 UPDATE

Marcy is 13 months old At this age, Marcy has been taught over 15 Service Dog tasks, and 30 obedience cues.  Marcy knows how to turn light switches on and off, push elevator buttons, push automatic accessible door buttons, open the refrigerator and other doors,  pick up dropped objects, retrieve objects off a counter, table or desk, and find a misplaced cell phone by the smell of vanilla extract.  Now, Marcy’s  handler is teaching her how to tug and hold open a heavy door so a potential client can go through the doorway.

Marcy and her weekend raiser have taken field trips to museums, shopping malls, grocery stores, banks, towns/cities, restaurants, and gone for rides on the bus and train. 

 

 

 

      


Be sure to check back to see how all the pups

are doing throughout their NEADS training!