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.

 

 

In January, Pepper celebrated her 1st Birthday and has learned almost everything in the NEADS training curriculum, and now her skills are being fine-tuned as she matures. Since September, Pepper has learned how to retrieve dropped objects, turn light switches on and off, and push automatic accessible door buttons. She has also learned to  tug and hold open a heavy door so a potential client can go through the doorway, and how to find a misplaced phone by the smell of vanilla extract, in case of an emergency.

Pepper was on the NEADS campus for an evaluation.  NEADS Senior trainer, Erin, was evaluating Pepper on her ability to work around distractions, and her behavior around other dogs and cats.  During the evaluation, Erin and Pepper traveled to local towns/cities to work around distractions, such as; pedestrians, people walking with their pet dogs, and general city noise.  In addition, Erin and Pepper worked together on the NEADS campus, and visited a local cat shelter!  We are happy to report that Pepper successfully passed this evaluation and has returned to the Prison PUP program to continue her Service Dog training as she matures.

 

 

 

As of January, Daisey is now 7 months old and is moving into Level 2, of 12 in the Weekend Raiser socialization curriculum. She has been taught the basic cues and commands and their handlers will continue to review the basics and begin to introduce the next level of commands.In addition to the next level of commands, Daisey will also begin focusing on Service Dog tasks, some of which include: turning light switches on and off, retrieving articles, picking up dropped objects, pushing elevator buttons, and pushing automatic accessible door buttons. All of this training is done under the supervision of NEADS Senior Trainers.

 

 

 

 

 

With the addition of our newest adoption, came Daisey's sister, Rosey! Rosey, at 10 months old, is learning how to tug and hold open a heavy door so a potential client can go through the doorway.  In addition, Rosey is being taught how to find a misplaced phone by the smell of vanilla extract.  This task is beneficial for many of our clients, and in some cases, can be life-saving in the event of an emergency.

Both Rosey and Daisey continue to spend their weekends with Weekend Puppy Raisers. On the weekends, they go on field trips to different places that help build their confidence and ability to work in all different kinds of environnments. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The newest member of the Advisors NEADS family is Marcy! Marcy was born on 2/16/18, and she is at the Laura J. Niles Early Learning Center (ELC) on the NEADS campus.  Marcy will have plenty of time to play with the 6 other puppies at the ELC, both inside and outside in the fenced in play yard.  Between play sessions, the puppy program staff will take Marcy on walks around our campus, and give her lots of attention, who could resist!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check back to see how Pepper, Daisey, and Rosey

are doing throughout their NEADS training!