DSD serves persons with disabilities residing in Colorado. Weekly instructional classes are held in the Denver metropolitan area as well as private and semi-private classes as determined by client needs. Our current clients travel to class from as far away as Aspen, Fort Collins, and Parker, CO.
DSD will not refuse any person with disabilities from using these services based on their disability or their ability to pay. The assessment is intended to provide a path to success for the client and DSD by openly discussing the client’s needs and DSD’s ability to address those needs through classes.
DSD has specific requirements to graduate a service dog. Each dog must pass the Canine Good Citizen test as an adult, be spayed/neutered, be at least 2 years old, have completed a minimum of 120 hours of DSD approved training, and have all required vaccinations current to be allowed to test for graduation.
DSD was founded by a person with disabilities, is managed primarily by people with disabilities including the board of directors, and accepts handlers that are assisting a person with disabilities through this process. DSD also recognizes the financial limitations of many people with disabilities and will assist in finding funding, sponsors, or providing scholarships to help alleviate financial barriers to participating in the program.
History of Domino Service Dogs
The foundation for Domino Service Dogs (DSD) was laid eight years ago when our Founder and CEO Ms. Henry’s youngest daughter suffered an injury that resulted in permanent paralysis. Unwilling to sacrifice her independence, Ms. Henry’s daughter insisted that she have a service dog when she was 8 years old.
Ms. Henry discovered that acquiring a service dog for a child would not be an easy task. Most well-known organizations charge substantial fees and either require children to be at least twelve years of age or suffer from a terminal diagnosis. Using her years of equine training experience, Ms. Henry set out to train her daughter’s 95 pound Great Pyrenees, Badger.
It took nearly 2 years to train Badger to assist her daughter with mobility issues such as walking, getting up from the floor and pulling a manual wheelchair. Badger gave her daughter independence, self esteem and helped her forge new friendships. Ms Henry found herself immersed in the world of service dog training by addressing one person, one dog, one obstacle and one solution at a time.
After many years of providing assistance to a local service dog organization, Ms Henry had people with disabilities contacting her for advice and seeking her gifted and natural ability to understand the needs of owners and their dogs. As the number of owner-trained service dog teams receiving her assistance rapidly grew from 1 to 7, Ms. Henry decided to form an organization that would empower people, four paws at a time. DSD has provided support to over 30 owner-trained service dog teams to date.