Go to work with and assist professionals such as physicians, teachers and counselors.
Facility Dogs (formerly Program Assistance Dogs) go to work with and assist full-time professionals such as physicians, certified special education teachers, counselors and other licensed therapists in the treatment of and work with their clients and students with disabilities. These dogs can provide a calming effect, allowing the professional to better serve or treat the clients. These dogs do not have public access except when accompanying the professionals and their clients.
Click on the ‘Get Started’ button above to fill out and submit an application. Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be notified via email of the next step. If you have any questions about the application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-826-9220.
If eligibility requirements are met, then you will be requested to submit authorization from your employer. Please note, all applicants for Facility Dogs must work a minimum of 20 hours/week with students/clients with disabilities and have employer authorization. This information, along with the application, will be reviewed by our Screening Committee.
In-home and workplace interviews provide us with additional information on the applicants’ needs and lifestyles. A Dogs for Better Lives associate conducts these interviews. All members of the household must be present for the in-home portion of the interview.
After the interview is completed and returned to us, the entire application packet will be carefully reviewed and a final decision made as to whether or not one of our professionally trained dogs is suitable for the applicant.
The waiting period for a Facility Dog is currently 36 months from the time the person is accepted to receive the dog.
Facility Dogs are accompanied by a trainer to the home and workplace of the client. The trainer teaches the client how to keep the dog working consistently and how to maintain the dog’s obedience training.
Following the placement, regular communication is required. The client reports regularly on the progress of the dog. When problems arise or the client has any questions, the trainer offers help and answers questions. In-home follow up is also done.
Dogs for Better Lives provides follow-up support for the life of the team.