KSDS Assistance Dogs,
Inc., in the town of Washington, provides highly-trained canine assistance and support to people who are
visually impaired or physically disabled. They also provide facility dogs for
professionals who need canine assistance in their respective fields. The group
is celebrating 25 years of service and has placed more than 500 assistance
When KSDS puppies are
eight weeks old, volunteer puppy raisers socialize the puppies and teach them 30
to 40 commands. By taking the puppies into their communities – to workplaces,
churches, stores, restaurants, sporting events, music concerts and more – the puppies
learn basic obedience and house and public manners.
the puppies are 16 to 24 months old, they return to KSDS for advanced training
to decide whether the dog would perform better with a guide, service or
facility partner. A dog typically is two to three years old when paired with a
are needed to raise/play with the puppies as well as assistance from painters,
carpenters, plumbers, yard work, etc.
of the campus are available by appointment – 785-325-2256