ECAD’s mission of providing highly skilled Service Dogs to increase mobility and independence for people living with disabilities manifests itself in a variety of programs and services. Each one designed to meet the needs of a specific population: Veterans, at-risk youth, persons living with disabilities or in stressful circumstances, and children as young as two with Autism.

Core Programs:

  • Open Doors

    ECAD’s core program whereby Assistance Dogs are educated to prepare them for a career as a Service or Facility Dog.

  • Canine Magic

    Specially educated Service Dogs assist children with autism - some as young as two years old - to build emotional bonding, cognitive development, socialization, and safety. 

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  • Project HEAL™

    Three interrelated programs designed to meet the needs of Veterans living with physical injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

    • Service Dogs

      Specifically educated Service Dogs who help ward off panic attacks, provide a physical barrier in public places, and/or provide mobility and retrieval assistance.

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    • Transitions

      Teaches Veterans to educate Service Dogs to be placed with fellow Veterans. Veterans in this program also act as mentors and role models to the at-risk youth, with whom they work side-by-side to educate the dogs.

Client’s Bill of Rights

ECAD (Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities) provides specialized training for individuals with disabilities, preparing them and ECAD dogs for certification as Service Dog Teams. Upon acceptance as a client of ECAD, certain obligations must be met. The client’s goal in applying is to become an ECAD certified Team. In order to maintain the high standards required by ECAD, these expectations can be achieved only if the client fulfills their responsibilities. Read More

Additional Service: 

Summer Camp | Train the Trainer | Volunteer | Home for the Weekend