NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services, also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1976 and is based in Princeton, Massachusetts. Our Service Dogs become an extension of their handlers and bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners who are deaf or have a disability. NEADS receives very limited federal government funding and relies on the support of individuals, foundations, corporations, service organizations, bequests and workplace campaigns.




Advisors very own, Pepper has entered the Prison PUP Partnership training program at MCI-Concord. During the week, her inmate handler, under the supervision of a NEADS Senior trainer, is teaching Pepper obedience and Service Dog tasks.  At 6 months old, Pepper has learned the basic obedience cues/commands, such as; sit, sit/stay, down, down/stay, shake, Let’s go (pup moves forward with the person), come, watch me (pup focuses on the person), stand, stand/stay, and settle (calm). 

For the next two to three months, Pepper’s inmate handler will continue to review and practice the basic obedience cues, as well as, introduce the next level of cues. These cues include; closer (pup moves closer to the person), back (pup takes a step backward), under (pup goes under a table, bench, or desk), left (pup goes to the left side of the person’s body or apparatus), right (pup goes to the right side of the person’s body or apparatus), and fix (pup steps over the leash so it is free of his/her legs).

Pepper has been matched with a volunteer weekend raiser.  The weekend raiser will introduce Pepper to social situations that she will not encounter within the correctional facility.  They will visit shopping malls, towns and cities, nursing homes, grocery stores, and eventually sit down restaurants.  This socialization is an important component in our overall service dog training curriculum. NEADS invests 18-24 months in their service dog training, and we look forward to hearing more about Pepper's progress in the future!


Daisey, Advisors' second adopted pup unfortunately did not have the temperament for a service dog, and was recently released from the NEADS training program.  Approximately 45% of the dogs that go into the training are released due to medical issues or temperament that prevents them from being able to do the tasks that are expected of a service dog.  Daisey was placed as a pet, and she is doing well in her new home.