What We Do
Our main emphases are on mobility impairments, such as paraplegics and quadriplegics, hearing impairment and early warning of blood glucose issues for Type I diabetics.
These dogs are skilled to do many tasks that are difficult for those with mobility impairment, including:
- Turning light switches on and off
- Opening and closing doors and drawers
- Retrieving items that have been dropped
- Untying shoelaces
- Removing gloves and socks
- And above all, providing love and companionship
Our hearing dogs serve as the ears for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These dogs alert their person to sounds such as phones ringing, knocks at doors, timers, and fire alarms.
Diabetic Alert Dogs
Diabetic Alert Dogs have been specifically trained to identify, and alert to the high and low glucose levels in Diabetic patients. These dogs play a critical role for their human partners in their diabetes management.
Power Paws breeds, raises, trains and places primarily purebred Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers in 90 behaviors to assist adults and children with disabilities. All dogs are verified to have no signs of problems in their hips, joints, hearing, sight or heart. We occasionally have other dog breeds, such as Labradoodles or Goldendoodles, when needed by our clients under special circumstances.
Power Paws has been able to provide assistance dogs to people with disabilities within one to two years from the completion of an application. This remains one of the shortest waiting times in the assistance dog placement field.
Approximately 85% of our dogs are successfully placed with individuals to help them achieve independence.