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 PUP Partnership training program at Concord, Massachusetts. During the week, her handler, under the supervision of a NEADS Senior trainer, is teaching Pepper obedience and Service Dog tasks. At six 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 handler will continue to review and practice the basic obedience cues, as well as introduce the next level of cues. 

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 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 their overall service dog training curriculum as their need to be confident and comfortable in a wide range of environments! NEADS invests 18-24 months in their service dog training, and we look forward to hearing more about Pepper's progress in the future!



Alongside Pepper, in the beginning of the NEADS training program we introduced Daisey! Unfortunately, Daisey did not have the temperament of a service dog but was adopted into her forever home shortly after being released from the program. On June 18th of 2017, our second Daisey was born and adopted into the NEADS program and had begun her training at the Laura J. Niles Early Learning Center (ELC) on the NEADS Learning Campus. There will be many more updates to come on Daisey as she moves along through the program!





With the addition of our newest adoption, came Daisey's sister, Rosey! Rosey is also located at the Laura J. Niles Early Learning Center (ELC) on the NEADS Learning Campus. Daisey and Rosey are enjoying the sunny weather with lots of outside play time!  





Be sure to check back to see how Pepper, Daisey, and Rosey

are doing throughout their NEADS training!