A lot of time goes into training an assistance dog. It truly starts before birth, with a purposeful breeding program. From the time the puppy is born to the time he/she becomes part of a team takes about 24 months. Below is a brief timeline of this process:
Where does Deafinitely Dogs! get our dogs and what breed(s) do we use?
Deafinitely Dogs! chooses carefully and purposefully bred dogs for our training program, whenever possible. We select puppies that come from parents that have health testing (OFA & Cerf), preferring generations of health testing, and that have outstanding temperaments. We typically use Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers in our program, as these dogs seem to thrive and work happily. On occasion we have other breeds such as Poodles, German Shepherds and some smaller breeds.
We also have wonderful relationships with several rescue organizations. These rescue groups are always on the lookout for dogs that meet our criteria. When we are notified there is a dog/puppy available, Deafinitely Dogs! will gladly help out a pup in need and evaluate them for our training program.
All dogs are chosen by Deafinitely Dogs! based on our clients specific needs, allergies, and living situation. Clients do not choose the dog/breed/sex/color of their assistance dog.
DeafinitelyDogs! Corporate Office
2121 N Towne LN NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Non profit 501(c)(3)
Phone: 319 930-DOGS (3647)