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.

  • 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. 

    Apply for a Service Dog | Learn More

  • 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.

      Apply for a Service Dog | 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