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Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD), a program of Keystone Children & Family Services, trains and provides service dogs and hearing dogs to assist children and adults with disabilities to become more independent. SSD is a fully accredited member of Assistance Dogs International.
Susquehanna Service Dogs uses specially bred dogs that come from our breeding programs, other assistance dog programs, or individual breeders. Each dog receives an in-depth health screening, is neutered, and undergoes a rigorous training program. Before placement the dog must display excellent manners in the home and in public and respond to a variety of commands for specific behaviors and tasks. Each dog in training learns specific tasks. A service dog can open and close doors, retrieve, pull a manual wheel chair, find the phone, do balance work, turn light switches on and off, and do much more. Hearing dogs respond to different sounds, which include knocking, doorbell, oven timer, alarm clock, telephone, and the person's name.
SSD has been able to offer a growing quality program due in large part to the dedication of its volunteers. Without people like YOU, the costs of preparing a dog for a life of service would double or triple.
- Nancy Fierer
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