We change lives – 1 dog at a time.
We train service dogs for people with physical disabilities other than blindness. This is the only type of dog we train.
Applicants on our waiting list are matched with our dogs in training, matching the needs and home environment of the recipients with the abilities and temperament of the dog.
We carefully select pups; 8+ week old puppies up 2 year old dogs, from rescue groups to be trained by Putnam Service Dogs. We look for pups that are people oriented, focused, friendly, nonagressive, trainable, and suited to the type of service dogs we train.
When we match our dogs to applicants, we seek applicants who can humanely and competently care for a dog, and who will benefit from having one of our service dogs.
Those that don’t graduate (the success rate is usually about 1/3), have a higher chance of adoption into loving homes because of the socializing and training they receive from Putnam Service Dogs.
Whenever possible, we match our release dogs that can be emotional support dogs with people with physical disabilities other than blindness.
“We are committed to greatly improving the lives of both people with physical disabilities other than blindness, and the shelter and rescue dogs selected to be trained by us.”
Why Putnam Service Dogs Matter
Ms. Teague, the CEO/Founder, was compelled to found Putnam Service Dogs because the waiting list for this type of service dog is over two years long. She saw, firsthand, during her three years on the NE Board of Canine Companions for Independence, the eagerness of people with physical disabilities for service dogs specifically trained to assist them. Ms. Teague saw their joy, and their families’ joy on graduation day, to have received such a treasured, special dog. She heard many touching stories of how receiving this type of service dog transformed the life of the recipient and the lives of their families.
One of the most touching stories Ms. Teague heard was that of a deaf woman who received a Hearing Alert Service Dog. She lived in an urban area, and packages couldn’t be left outside her door, but had to be received by her. Prior to receiving the dog, she was forced to sit on the floor, with her back against the front door of her apartment, waiting for the delivery. She couldn’t hear the knock of the delivery person on her door, and had to sit with her back against the door to feel the vibrations. If the delivery was delayed for some reason, she had to sit on the floor against the door again the next day, waiting for the vibrations of the knock. Once she had her Hearing Alert Service Dog, she could go about her activities when she was expecting a delivery, and her dog would alert her when the delivery person had knocked on her front door.
“We will provide free service dogs and follow-up support services to people with physical disabilities other than blindness.”