Programs & Services

ECAD’s mission of providing highly skilled Service Dogs to increase mobility and independence for people living with disabilities manifests itself in a variety of programs and services. Each one designed to meet the needs of a specific population: Veterans, at-risk youth, persons living with disabilities or in stressful circumstances, and children as young as two with Autism.

Core Programs:

  • Open Doors

    ECAD’s core program whereby Assistance Dogs are educated to prepare them for a career as a Service or Facility Dog. Our Service Dogs have helped over 200 disabled clients and our Facility Dogs, who can be found in hospitals, nursing homes, courthouses, etc., have helped thousands of distressed individuals.

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  • ECADemy™

    A vocational program which takes place at five residential treatment facilities specializing in helping at-risk youth with emotional, behavioral, and learning issues. All of ECAD’s dogs are educated by these at-risk youth. Learn More

  • Canine Magic

    Specially educated Service Dogs assist children with autism - some as young as two years old - to build emotional bonding, cognitive development, socialization, and safety. 

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  • Project HEAL™

    Three interrelated programs designed to meet the needs of Veterans living with physical injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

    • Service Dogs

      Specifically educated Service Dogs who help ward off panic attacks, provide a physical barrier in public places, and/or provide mobility and retrieval assistance. Learn More

    • Transitions

      Teaches Veterans to educate Service Dogs to be placed with fellow Veterans. Veterans in this program also act as mentors and role models to the at-risk youth, with whom they work side-by-side to educate the dogs.

    • Train-the-Trainer

      A unique opportunity for Veterans to work with certified instructors to learn hot to start a career in the field of Service Dog education.

  • Additional Service: 

    Summer Camp | Train the Trainer | Volunteer | Home for the Weekend