Our Service Dogs

From Rescue to Service Dogs

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Rescued Dogs, Transforming Lives

At Medical Mutts, our dogs are not your typical service dog candidates. Unlike many organizations, we rescue our dogs from shelters and partner with local rescues. This unique approach allows us to save lives while finding dogs with the qualities necessary to become exceptional service dogs. Our service dogs are not only friendly and social but also highly trainable, making them perfect companions.

Effective Training through Science-Based Curriculum

Once our dogs enter our program, they undergo a comprehensive and science-based curriculum. For 6-8 months, our dedicated staff provides full-time training. Led by Jennifer Cattet, Ph.D., an internationally renowned trainer, behaviorist, and scientist, our dogs learn over 30 different behaviors. From alerting to changes in their handler’s condition to performing helpful tasks like picking up objects or providing mobility support, our dogs are equipped with the skills to assist in various ways.

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Kindness and Ethical Training Methods

At Medical Mutts, we prioritize the well-being and emotional state of our dogs. Our training methods are rooted in kindness, promoting confidence, trust, and a strong motivation to work. We refrain from using choke chains, prong collars, or shock collars, as we consider them unnecessary and harmful. Instead, we embrace positive reinforcement techniques that encourage the dog to make decisions and take initiative, particularly during times of crisis.

Tailored Placement for Your Needs

We understand that every person, situation, and dog is unique. That’s why we strive to match each client with the perfect service dog. Whether you require a 8-lb chihuahua or a 70-lb Labrador, we have successfully placed a wide range of dogs to meet diverse needs. Rest assured that we will work closely with you to ensure you are paired with the dog that best suits your requirements. We understand that finding the perfect match between a client and a service dog is not always straightforward. While we strive to make well-informed placements based on compatibility, we recognize that what may seem like a good match on paper may not always align in real-life situations. In such cases, we are committed to working closely with our clients to explore alternative options and ensure the best possible partnership.

Nationwide Placement with Personalized Training

Our training facility is centrally located in Indianapolis, IN, but we provide service dogs nationwide. Once your service dog is trained to meet your specific needs, we will invite you to our facility for a 10-day team-training. During this time, you will learn how to work effectively with your service dog in their familiar environment, minimizing the stress of transition for both of you.

Ongoing Support and Partnership

To facilitate a successful partnership between you and your service dog, we offer comprehensive support. We will guide you in utilizing your service dog’s skills, provide advice on their care, and help you maintain their trained behaviors. Our commitment to your success extends beyond the initial placement, as we will follow up with you to ensure a smooth transition and troubleshoot any challenges you may encounter along the way.

Experience the Difference with Medical Mutts

Choose Medical Mutts for a life-changing partnership with a rescued service dog. Discover the joy of working together and the profound impact these incredible dogs can have on your life. Contact us today to embark on a remarkable journey of empowerment, independence, and unconditional love.