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2019 Golf Sponsors

2019 Golf Sponsors

Thank you to our 2019 Golf Tournament Sponsors! Our amazing community partners make lead to the success of our annual charity golf tournament. Thank you to our golf tournament sponsors for their support to Deafinitely Dogs! Please check out our sponsors and support those who are supporting the community.   Title Sponsor: Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors   Lunch Sponsor: Hands Up Communications Hole Sponsors: Aaron’s Lawn and Landscaping Anderson Automotive Dairy Queen of Linn County Dr. Fitzgerald & Associates Edgewood Animal Hospital Frey Pet Hospital Healogics Hills Bank Hornstein Family Iowa Retina Consultants Mercy Medical Center RL Snitker...

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SDiT Identifies Objects: Learn How!

SDiT Identifies Objects: Learn How!

Watch the video to see how service dog in training Rocky knows how to identify objects & then scroll down to learn how to teach your own dog this task! All training is done with positive reinforcement. Training should be fun for both the trainer and the pup! Service dog in training learns to identify objects Training time! 🐾 How do you teach your dog to identify objects? Learn in a few simple steps! When beginning to teach your dog how to identify objects, start by introducing them to just one object. This could be anything from a toy, to slippers,...

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Service Dog in Training Providing Joy During COVID-19

Service Dog in Training Providing Joy During COVID-19

Service dog in training Clutch is providing joy during COVID-19 while visitors aren’t being allowed into care facilities. He’s doing a great job of bringing smiles to those who may be feeling lonely due to the current restrictions in place, as well as the employees who may be feeling overwhelmed by the current circumstances. Service dog in training Clutch is a 10 month old golden-doodle puppy who has the opportunity to go to work with his super puppy raiser everyday at a long-term care facility. When service dog in training Clutch goes to work, it’s normal for him to bring...

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Nick & Emily: Expert Puppy Raisers

Nick & Emily: Expert Puppy Raisers

We call Nick and Emily our “super” puppy raisers. They’ve been raising puppies for Deafinitely Dogs! for more than four years. Emily first learned about Deafinitely Dogs! while at work. We were invited to speak at her office and mentioned we’re looking for people to help raise puppies into service dogs. Emily, who had no experience with dog training at the time, submitted her application that day and she and Nick have never looked back. They are currently training their third service dog for Deafinitely Dogs!. Preparing service puppies Nick and Emily train puppies from about eight weeks old to...

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Animal Healing for the Lincoln Family

Animal Healing for the Lincoln Family

Axel is a husband, father of two children, and a veteran who served three tours of active duty in Afghanistan and Haiti. He also suffers from PTSD. He was partnered with Tucker, a Brittany, to help with his symptoms. Axel is grateful for the flexibility and accommodation that he experienced as he worked together with Deafinitely Dogs! Before meeting Tucker, Axel and his wife, Ashlyn, had been talking with Deafinitely Dogs! about eventually getting a service dog for their young son who was born with a visual impairment. During those conversations, it became apparent that Axel would also benefit from...

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Seeking Liz’s Future Partner

Seeking Liz’s Future Partner

 In 2007, a baby girl was born in a remote part of China. Liz spent the first 18 months of her life in an orphanage. Her albinism (lack of pigmentation) meant that she looked very different from the other children in the orphanage. She didn’t receive the same nurturing and care there, which led to some developmental delays. Liz finds her family Despite the circumstances, Liz’s future parents knew she would complete their family. After six long months of paperwork, Liz arrived in the United States to join her loving family. She finally began receiving the medical care and attention...

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Megan’s Mission for Self-Care

Megan’s Mission for Self-Care

Megan first came to Deafinitely Dogs! when she was in her early 20s and a college student. Suffering from extreme anxiety and depression, Megan had been doing research on service dogs but didn’t feel she would be able to travel to seek help. Then she happened to see a local news story about Deafinitely Dogs! and was thrilled to learn that there was a local service dog organization that could help. When Megan met Epic Megan came to Deafinitely Dogs!, where we followed our usual process. We introduced her to a couple of dogs and let them interact. We let...

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Maddy Finds Relief with Leo

Maddy Finds Relief with Leo

Maddy is a young girl that came to us with obsessive-compulsive tendencies as well as severe anxiety and depression. Despite a great support system from her family and medical staff, her symptoms were debilitating. Her condition affected every aspect of her life. During anxiety attacks, she would exhibit repetitive behaviors that, in turn, caused her to withdraw, lose friends, and miss 122 days of school in one school year. A new approach for Maddy’s care She and her family tried many options, including in-patient and out-patient counseling. Nothing was working. Her doctor said it was the worst level of anxiety...

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SDiT Zach Graduated!

SDiT Zach Graduated!

On November 22nd, Zach graduated from Service Dog in Training to Service Dog and was partnered with his person, Angel. Angel is a veteran who served in the Army National Guard and the Navy; being deployed twice. Zach is now helping Angel live a more independent life! Zach was named after a fallen Eastern Iowa Marine. Click here to check out KCRG’s story and video on the graduation! Do you think a Service Dog will help you live a more independent life? Click here to learn how to apply for a Service Dog.

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Dayton’s Graduation!

Dayton’s Graduation!

On December 7th 2018, Dayton graduated and was partnered with his person, Heather. Heather is our first female veteran, serving in the US Marine Corps, to be placed with a service dog. “It’s great we were able to place our first female veteran. A lot of veterans don’t ask for help especially female veterans. But Heather came to us and we were able to help her and it’s an amazing feeling,” said Sherry, co-founder.   It takes a village to train and place service dogs! Watch Dayton’s super puppy raiser, Jo talk about raising a service dog!   Click here...

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Meet Grace: Ambassador for Deafinitely Dogs!

Meet Grace: Ambassador for Deafinitely Dogs!

A mentor for other puppies As an ambassador dog, Grace advocates for the program and assists in training other puppies but will not be paired with a human. Puppies typically look to more mature dogs to learn how to perform their tasks. Being a very neutral, happy-go-lucky dog, Grace can learn to do tasks and teach new dogs and puppies that are otherwise struggling to learn. Welcoming kids are her special skill While puppies mimic Grace, her skills extend to children who are going through the process of being paired with a service dog. Sometimes these children are apprehensive to...

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Meaning Behind SDiT Teigen’s Name

Meaning Behind SDiT Teigen’s Name

Names are important. They tell the world who you are, they might give a clue to your heritage, your people, or have special meaning to those who loved you first. Each of our dogs are named in honor, memory or for some other special reason. This little one has a very special name. Her name is Teigen and she shares that with a boy who lost his battle with brain cancer. Teigen’s dad told us all about his boy. What a special young man! He said Teigen was one of those kids that did things without being asked twice. He was...

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