Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Service/Assistance Dog Training Schools Serving Wisconsin

Hi Evewybody!!

Me thought me would put together a list of de area agencies dat place service dawgs in Wisconsin, as me mumma does get questions about dis frequently. Not everyone is able to train dere own service dawg, so hopefully dis information will help udders make de right connections in findin dere own dawg.  If ya need info. fur agencies in anudder state, she can do sum checkin fur ya if u ask her.

Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs
  • The Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs (WAGS) is dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities enhance their quality of life with a service dog at their side. The WAGS program works to provide skilled and socialized service dogs that can provide physical assistance, help in public, retrieve dropped items and turn lights on and off at home. WAGS works primarily with golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers. The program chooses puppies based on their health, aptitude for training and temperament. The training program uses positive reinforcement to raise, train and socialize dogs.
    Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs
    1338 Dewey Court
    Madison, WI 53703
    (608) 250-9247

NorthEast Wisconsin Service Dogs
  • The NorthEast Wisconsin Service Dogs School provides service dogs trained to assist individuals with spinal-cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and other conditions that can benefit from service dog assistance. This Wisconsin service dog training school works primarily with purebred golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers. The trainers at the school have over 30 years of combined experience training service dogs. Puppies in the training program are typically from breeders who have donated to the program before. Puppies are evaluated based on health, retrieving instinct, social skills and willingness to train. Dogs are taken through four levels of training from puppy to adult to prepare them for their life working as a service dog.

    NorthEast Wisconsin Service Dogs
    2221 S. Webster Ave., Suite A 177
    Green Bay, WI 54301
    (920) 362-DOGS
Fox Valley K-9 Training Center
  • This Wisconsin service dog training school provides one-on-one training to owners and their dogs. The trainer will come to your home and provide service dog training, which includes opening and closing doors, boundary training, retrieving objects by name, public access certification and turning lights on and off. Individuals can choose from three training packages to fit their budget and training needs. All training services are backed by a written training guarantee. The training center uses positive reinforcement training techniques and works with the dog owner to train dogs of all ages and breeds.

    Fox Valley K-9 Training Center
    1375 Earl St.
    Menasha, WI 54952
    (920) 969-0613
The Wisconsin Correctional Liberty Dog Program
  •  The Wisconsin Correctional Liberty Dog Program was the idea of Sister Pauline Quinn, a Dominican who launched a similar program in Washington State seventeen years ago. Along with June Ashford, the Director of Training at the Golrusk Pet Care Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Warden Dan Bertrand of the Green Bay Correctional Institution, it was decided that Wisconsin and Upper Michigan could also reap the benefits of such a program.
The goal of the Liberty Dog Program is that of meeting the needs of physically challenged individuals by providing them with a assistant dog to help them live more independent lives. In the same token the program offers an opportunity for prison inmates, especially chosen, to give of themselves to others, and the community. In both cases, it will allow each to live more productively within our community. With this in mind, the project group worked diligently over a span of two years in developing this program
Any information that you might need write to:Warden Dan Bertrand Daniel.Bertrand@doc.state.wi.us Robert.Kent@doc.state.wi.us (920) 468-7956

You can also Contact:Sister Pauline through e-mail: sisterop@ime.net

Sunshine Service Dogs, Inc.
  • Sunshine Service Dogs Inc., is a (501c3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to enhance the lives of disabled persons with a sense of freedom, security, and independence, both at home and in public through the assistance of a service dog. We are dedicated to training and placing service dogs with recipients to make successful partnerships, which benefit both individuals and communities. We also contribute to communities through therapy dogs; and by assisting authorities in finding people who are lost or overdue, as well as in detection of narcotics, evidence, and cadaver - both water (drown victims) and on land through the services of the search and rescue dogs.

Sunshine Service Dogs, Inc.
Lori Peper-Rucks
2019 100th St  / Cty Rd I  Luck, WI 54853
(715) 857-5095     Cell: (715) 553-1906
e-mail: k9s4u@lakeland.ws
Sunshine Training Website:www.sunshinekennelsk9training.com

 Dogs for Independence, Inc.  
  • Dogs for Independence, Inc (DFI) is dedicated to providing assistance dogs for individuals with disabilities in the metro-Milwaukee, WI area (within 50 miles of Milwaukee). DFI Inc is a non-profit organization that specializes in training dogs for the disabled. It is the mission of Dogs For Independence Inc., to provide specially trained services, hearing and therapy dogs to individuals with disabilities, also offers informative presentations to the general public on the legal rights of Assistance Dogs and their owners.
Dogs for Independence, Inc.
P.O. Box 71338 

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 71338 


Telephone Numbers and Contact information
Phone #: (414) 964-3341      Main Line
 Fax #: (414) 962-9649
 Web Page:  http://www.dfiinc.org/ 
E-mail to:   info@dfiinc.org 

Program Details:
Operating Agency: Dogs for Independence, Inc.
Type of agency: Private, Non-Profit
Person In Charge:  
Eligibility: People with physical, developmental or emotional disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, and similar disabilities.
Fees: $25 non refundable application fee. Dogs provided at no cost, but owner must be actively involved in fund raising.
Intake Process: Application process
Service Area: Metro Milwaukee area - within 50 miles of Milwaukee

Canine Companions for Independence

  • Imagine having a dog that could turn on lights, pick up dropped keys or open a door. Canine Companions for Independence Service Dogs are partnered with adults with physical disabilities to assist with daily tasks and increase independence by reducing reliance on other people. A Service Dog can pull their partner in a manual wheelchair, push buttons for elevators or automatic doors, and even assist with business transactions by transferring money, receipts, and packages.
A CCI Service Dog not only assists with physical tasks, but also provides social support. During a two-week training session, participants learn how to effectively handle an assistance dog to maximize use of the 40 commands.

Disabilities served include, but are not limited to, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, arthritis and cerebral palsy.

To receive a Service Dog:
  • Be at least 18 years old. If disabled due to injury, be one-year post-injury rehabilitation.
  • Request an application.
  • Find a friend or family member to be a training assistant.
  • Have a support system in place to facilitate a successful assistance dog partnership.
  • Apply. This process involves several steps designed to ensure success.
  • Once the application is accepted, attend a two-week Team Training class at a CCI training center.
  • After the training session and graduation ceremony, attend on-going CCI training and and follow-up support services.

For more information, contact us at:

Canine Companions for Independence
North Central Regional Center
4989 State Route 37 East
Delaware, OH 43015
(740) 548-4447 Voice/TTY
(740) 363-0555 Fax
(800) 572-BARK (2275) Toll-free

Judy Myers, 
North Central Executive Director


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