Service Dog Project Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
SDP is located on 12 acres with fields for the dogs to play and a large arena for training. Kennels are heated and air conditioned with in/out doors. All puppies live at the center not with 'at home' puppy raisers. SDP has grown to include over 30 volunteers and at any time can be the home of up to 30 dogs in training.
Donations to Service Dog Project go directly to the care and training of our dogs. SDP is funded by individuals, businesses, and most notably by the generosity of our expansive community of individuals, known as the Camera People.
The Service Dog Project Inc. is a non-profit, charity organization committed to breeding, training, and donating certified service dogs to people who experience difficulty with their balance or mobility. Our mission is to create a partnership that enhances a recipient’s quality of life as they attain greater independence. Preference is given to military veterans and first responders. In creating the partnership between Great Dane and recipient, SDP is dedicated to the values of respect, integrity, inclusion, compassion, collaboration, equality, and courage. These principles endure within the organization and in its insistence on the value of diversity, in its strive to provide excellence to those in need, and in its dynamic engagement with the community.
Our Great Danes are cared for equally, with the utmost compassion and respect. The Service Dog Project stands by positive reinforcement training methods to ensure our dogs demonstrate gentility and dedication while supporting their partner. This training method incorporates rewards such as praise and treats to encourage wanted behavior through repetition, rather than introducing fear or discomfort. Upon demonstrating excellence, our dogs are carefully matched to a recipient based on their physical characteristics and personality, which ensures a constructive partnership that upholds SDP’s values.
Our second mission is to serve our local community. SDP’s organization is a destination for all ages – from teens seeking to fulfill community service, seniors in search of a meaningful task and social interaction, to military veterans who enjoy feeling useful and connected while helping out the organization. The Service Dog Project also spreads compassion and collaboration in the community by delivering value through our RoadShow project, where dogs and trainers visit schools, senior centers, and local events to provide much-needed smiles and comfort.
Service Dog Project Inc. (SDP) has donated over 200 Great Dane service dogs to people who experience balance and mobility difficulties to assist them in achieving greater independence. Our service dogs are well trained and well educated. Once a dog is paired with an applicant the dog continues to adjust to the needs of their partner with the ongoing training and support of SDP. Our Great Danes help to enrich their partner's quality of life.
Veterans and first responders receive preference from SDP service dogs.