What we do

Focus Areas
Our main training emphases are for mobility impairments, such as paraplegics and quadriplegics, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and alerting Type 1 diabetics when blood glucose levels leave a safe range.

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

Diabetic Alert Dogs
Diabetic Alert Dogs are trained to identify and alert people with Type 1 Diabetes to high and low glucose levels. These dogs play a critical role for their human partners in their diabetes management.

Our Dogs
Power Paws breeds and trains Golden and Labrador Retrievers in 90 behaviors to assist adults and children with disabilities. All of our dogs undergo extensive health testing including having their hips and elbows x-rayed and cleared by OFA or PennHip, their hearts cleared by a canine cardiologist, and their eyes cleared by a canine ophthalmologist.

Lead Time
Two to two and a half years from the time of a accepted application. Placement Process

Specialized Training Programs

Empowering Intrepid Warriors

Using the healing powers of highly skilled assistance dogs, our program activities reintegrate veterans affected by the challenge of living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder back into their normal lives and help create a sense of accomplishment, encouraging them to give back to their community.

Diabetic Alert

Dogs help children and adults manage their care by identifying and alerting patients of dangerous glucose levels. Our diabetic alert dogs are trained specifically to identify and alert Type I Diabetic patients of high and low glucose levels. Each dog plays a critical life saving role for their human partners in their care and management of diabetes.

Courthouse/Facility Dogs

These dogs are professionally trained facility dogs that are graduates from an accredited assistance dog organization that is a member of Assistance Dogs International. They assist crime victims, witnesses and others during the investigation and prosecution of crimes as well as other legal proceedings. Courthouse facility dogs also provide assistance to Drug Court and Mental Health Court participants during their recovery from drugs, alcohol, mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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.