What we do

Focus Areas
Our main training areas are for Mobility Assistance, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS/PTSD) for Civilians and Veterans, and for Diabetic Alert.

Mobility Assistance Dogs
Power Paws dogs are skilled to do many tasks that are difficult for those with mobility impairment, including:

  • Turning light switches on and off
  • Opening and closing doors or drawers
  • Retrieving items that have been dropped
  • Untying shoelaces
  • Removing gloves and socks
  • Providing love and companionship

PTSS/PTSD Service Dogs
Power Paws trains PTSD/PTSS assistance dogs for children and adults and Veterans and civilians alike. Dogs trained to assist in cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome can calm their handler, help them deal with a stressful situation, or wake them from a night terror.

Diabetic Alert Dogs
Power Paws trains these medical alert assistance dogs to alert diabetic adults and children to changes in their glucose levels. Each dog plays a critical life saving role for their human partners in the care and management of diabetes.

Our Dogs
Power Paws breeds and trains Golden and Labrador Retrievers to assist adults and children with disabilities. Our dogs undergo extensive health testing including hips and elbow x-rays, OFA or PennHip testing, hearts cleared by a canine cardiologist, and eyes cleared by a canine ophthalmologist.

Lead Time
Our intensive training and client matching process ensures that we place exceptional dogs with our clients. It will take approximately 12 to 16 months to identify the right dog for you from the time an application is accepted.

  • Client Readiness is a six month process to prepare clients to handle a service dog. 
  • In-person training is a three week process.
  • Six-month “Aftercare” to ensure the canine is the right fit answer questions and or help clients through any challenges.
  • After placement, Power Paws provide on-going training for the life of the canine at no additional cost.

Specialized Training Programs

Facility Dogs

Facility dogs can assist crime victims, witnesses and others during the investigation and prosecution of crimes as well as other legal proceedings. In addition to the courthouse, these dogs work in child advocacy centers, district attorney offices, and law enforcement settings. The handlers of these dogs are professionals working in the legal system such as district attorneys, law enforcement officers, forensic interviewers, psychologists, social workers and victim advocates.