Training amazing dogs to assist individuals with mobility and hearing challenges is Duo’s signature service. It’s what we’ve been doing since 1981 and what we’re known for.
Duo trains our Service and Hearing dogs for approximately two yearsto make sure they’re proficient in more than 50 skills. They help mobility clients with activities like opening and closing doors, picking up dropped items, and retrieving objects. They also alert people who are deaf or hard of hearing to important sounds like doorbells, alarms, or a crying baby.
Most importantly, Assistance Dogs form an incredible bond with those they serve as they allow these individuals to live more independent, productive lives.
“It’s hard to explain the attachment I have to Fannie Mae. She pulls doors open for me, picks up things I drop and holds them until I can get a grip, travels with me and carries my bags. She makes it possible for me to do so many things that I would otherwise miss. You can’t minimize the mental aspect of what she’s brought to my life by not only physically opening doors, but opening avenues of opportunity.” – Jim Bley, mobility client
“Taylor has played an enormous role in my life. Just this past week, I was making dinner in the oven and forgot it was cooking. She came to get me and saved the day. It’s moments like this that I tell her, ‘I’m so thankful you’re helping me.’ But I’m also so thankful for Duo.” – Krista Rey, hearing client