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Service Dog Organizations

Assistance Dog Club of Northern Virginia
Vienna, VA 22180
tel: 646-250-9250
Goal is to provide a supportive community where Assistance Dog handlers can learn, help and socialise with other Assistance Dog teams. Meetings and Social Gatherings are held on a monthly basis at various locations throughout Northern Virginia.

Blue Ridge Assistance Dogs
8620 Smith Lane
Manassas, Virginia 20112
tel: (703)369-5878, (703)591-1185
Provides service dogs for people with disabilities and social therapy dogs.

Dog Ears and Paws
P.O. Box 334
Sykesville, MD 21117
tel: (410)655-2858
Trains assistance and therapy dogs for people with special needs using positive reinforcement training approach. Will train owner's dog if it passes evaluation.

Dogs With a Mission
P.O. Box 40266
Washington, DC 20016-0266
tel: (202)363-1190
cell: (202)669-8316
fax: (202)363-6595
Trains service dogs and hearing dogs for people with disabilities.

Fidos for Freedom, Inc.
P.O. Box 5508
Laurel, MD 20726
tel: (410) 880-4178, TTY: (301)570-7570
Contact person: Office Manager or Executive Director
Hearing dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs

K-9 Support Inc
8528-F Tyco Road
Vienna, VA 22182
tel: 703-821-1779
K9 Support Inc supports working dogs of all kinds, but specialized in supporting military working dogs overseas via care packages and specialized equipment purchases. 

Military Working Dog Foundation
A non profit organization that assists the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Center in finding suitable placement for military working dogs.

Service Dogs of Virginia, Inc.
4783 Turkey Sag Road
Keswick, VA 22947
tel: (434) 975-3770
Provides assistance dogs to people who use wheelchairs.

Service Dogs Invisible Disabilities
1911 Key Blvd. #568, Arlington, VA
We do not train service dogs for individuals. We are an educational, advocational, research and training facilitation group.

Shore Service Dogs, Inc.
PO Box 2251
Salisbury, MD
tel: 410-742-1775
Trains mobility Service Dogs and social Therapy dogs. All dogs certified with a minimum of CGC and TDI.

Search and Rescue Organizations

tel: (540)361-1900
Wilderness search and rescue organization for Mid-Atlantic Region. Volunteer training is provided in the Northern Virginia area.

Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team
4600 West Ox Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
tel: (703)815-5523
FEMA qualified task force provides emergency disaster response services.

Mid Atlantic DOGS
PO Box 841
Rockville, MD 20851
tel: (301)948-2840
Provides search and rescue dog and handler teams upon request by official agencies. Also provides education and training for the teams.

National Association for Search and Rescue
4500 Southgate Place, Suite 100
Chantilly, VA 20151-1714
tel: (703)222-6277
fax: (703)222-6283

Therapy Organizations

Blue Ridge Assistance Dogs
8620 Smith Lane
Manassas, Virginia 20112
tel: (703)369-5878, (703)591-1185
Provides service dogs for people with disabilities and social therapy dogs.

Fairfax County Pets on Wheels
Fairfax Area Agency on Aging
12011 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 720
Fairfax, VA 22035-1104
tel: (703)324-5406, TTY: (703) 803-7914
Provides companionship to people in nursing homes and hospitals in Fairfax County. Always looking for volunteers.

Fidos for Freedom, Inc.
Debbie Gavelek
P.O. Box 5508
Laurel, MD 20726
tel: (410)880-4178, TTY: (301)570-7570 Hearing dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs

National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc
PO Box 1103
Mt. Airy, MD 21771
Volunteer organization that provides Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Activities to healthcare facilities in the DC Metro Area.

National Center for Therapeutic Riding
Burtonsville, MD
Specialized therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities.

People Animals Love (PAL)
3201 New Mexico Avenue, NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20016
tel: (202) 895-1395
Fax: 202-274-1995
Provides companionship to people in nursing homes and hospitals.

tel: (202) 234-PETS
Assists people with AIDS to care for their pets.

Pets on Wheels - Charles & St Mary's County
Director: Michael Capps
tel: (301) 392-0155

Pets on Wheels of Montgomery County
tel: (301) 424-0656 x 104
Provides companionship to elderly and disabled in Montgomery County

Pets on Wheels of Prince George's County
Heartland Health Care Center
6500 Riggs Road, Hyattsville, MD 20783
tel: (301)853-3330
Provides friendly pet visitation for residents and senior citizens of nursing care facilities.

Waggin' Hearts Therapy Dogs
Sperryville, VA
tel: 540-987-9632
Therapy dog group visiting in Rappahannock, Madison, Warren, Page & Fauquier counties. Also have Books & Barks Reading Partners Program visiting several schools & libraries in these areas.

Mailing Lists

Canine Times
Breaking research, behavior topics, human-animal interaction subjects (service dogs, programs and so forth), books, health, web news, general interest. Published two times each month. Very limited commercial content is allowed.
To subscribe, send email to and in the body of the message, put subscribe caninetimes.

Guide Dog Policy discussion list. An unmoderated and open forum for persons who use guide dogs and service animals and for those interested in learning more about the issues involved in the use of Guide Dogs or service animals.
To subscribe, email GUIDE-DOG-POL-request@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU and in the body of the message put Subscribe guide-dog-pol Firstname, Lastname
MetroPets comment: Very good. Low traffic, but very pertinent subjects discussed.

Internet Service Dog Mail List
To join, email with the following info:
Body of text: subscribe service-dogs

Operant Conditioning Training with a focus on positive reinforcement for Assistance Dogs. Members provide guidance and training tips for anyone interested in using positive reinforcement methods for service dog training.

Owner-Trained Assistance Dogs (OT-Adogs)
Dana Marshall
13409 Cedar Circle E.
Sumner, WA 98390
tel: (360) 897-9015

This e-mail list, service-dogs, is meant to talk about any topics concerning any assistance/service dogs who aid individual people in some direct way. Most work for a person who is disabled. Therefore signal or hearing dogs, dogs trained to help the physically disabled, therapy dogs, seizure dogs, and guide dogs are included. In fact, the only dogs not In fact, the only dogs not specifically included are herding dogs, protection or guard dogs, confirmation or show dogs, obedience competition and purely pet dogs. Topics about training or using such dogs, access issues, legislative or other 'control' issues are all welcome.
To subscribe, send email to with subscribe service-dogs in the body
MetroPets comment: High traffic. Very interesting discussions of issues associated with service dogs.


Dog Trainers

The Animals' House
20789 Great Falls Plaza Unit 170
Algonkian Parkway
Sterling, VA 20165
Phone: (703) 433-1300
Will train therapy dogs and mobility assistance dogs. This facility is wheelchair accessible.

The Cultured Canine
(703) 481-2561
Email: Lisa Flynn will train mobility and hearing assistance dogs.

Phi Beta K-9 School for Dogs
tel: (202) 986-1147
Penelope Brown - private, one-on-one instruction (Pen is also MetroPets Dog Advisor for Ask Sage)
Will train some assistance dog skills. Uses positive reinforcement.

The Clicker Training Center
Corally Burmaster will help train assistance dog tasks.

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