Facility Dogs
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Facility Dogs work with clergy, educational, mental health and health care professionals. Our canines help these professionals meet their client's treatment goals. For Better Independence Facility Dogs are bred, raised and selected for their superior temperaments. Our dogs are reliable, stable, and calm.

We match each dog's temperament to the needs of the program. These canines only have access to the facility for which they are trained. They do not have legal access to other public places.

Our Program is Unique

  • FBI-AD dogs live with our expert trainers. They are not kennel trained. This ensures that our dogs have diverse socialization skills.
  • FBI-AD picks only the best dogs for our program.
  • Upon placement into your facility, a FBI-AD trainer accompanies the dog and shadows the dog and handler. The trainer instructs your employees on canine training, management and specialized tasks.

Facility Dogs in Different Fields:

Beth & "MAGIC" at a Read to Rover event

Education -

  • teachers
  • school counselors
  • reading programs
  • therapists
  • social workers
  • special education teachers

Health Care -

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Social Worker
  • Rehabilitation Specialist

Benefit of Facility Dogs in Education:

  1. These dogs love their jobs and often put introverted and shy children at ease.
  2. Dogs are nonjudgmental and offer unconditional love. These characteristics make children less inhibited. Reading programs across the country prove that reading to dogs is fun and motivates students.
  3. Facility Dogs are part of a reward system. For good behavior, students can earn special time with the dog to walk, pet, or play with the canine.
  4. Dogs teach responsibility; children learn animal husbandry, dog training skills and positive interactions like rewarding the dog.

Benefits of Facility Dogs for Professionals:

  1. Dogs thrive on human interaction and their presence brightens a facility.
  2. A canine presence cheers patients, as well as visitors and staff.
  3. Institutional settings can invoke feeling of anxiety and isolation for people. With a wagging tail, the dog often eases these emotions.
  4. Facility Dogs motivate clients. Interactions with a dog promote discussions, and help a speech therapist meet her patient’s treatment goals.
  5. Throwing a ball for a dog, grooming or petting a canine helps patients meet their physical therapy goals.
  6. The presence of a dog in counseling sessions makes many clients feel less inhibited and helps open the lines of communication.

If you are considering a Facility Dog, For Better Independence Assistance Dogs can schedule a meeting and demonstration at your workplace. We look forward to showing you these remarkable dogs.