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Animal and Food Science

UWRF Assistance Dog Education Program and Training

Formerly the UWRF Service Dog Training Program, the UWRF Assistance Dog Education Program and Training (ADEPT) is a collaboration between the UW-River Falls Companion Animal program and Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADs). This partnership combines PawPADs' positive training methods and established service dog in-training program with the need of our UWRF students to have hands-on learning opportunities. Simply put, this means more dogs will be trained, more students can participate, and there will be more opportunities for training and guiding the dogs through the entire training process, from puppy to placement.

Meet some of the dogs and student interns!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between assistance dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support animals?

Service dogs are not emotional support or therapy dogs. They are individually trained to perform provide physical assistance and perform tasks useful to a person with a physical mobility challenge. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service dogs are allowed to accompany the disabled individual anywhere the general public is normally allowed. Both Wisconsin and Minnesota law allow those training service dogs in-training full public access as if they were a service dog.

I am a student. How can I get involved with the program?

UWRF students of any major can apply to participate in this internship.

If accepted, PawPADs will provide dogs to train as service dogs in-training. Students will learn specific foundational training skills and socialization training from PawPADs. Student interns are responsible for the training and socialization, as well as the daily care, supervision, and sanitation of the assistance dogs in-training. Read more about the student internship and responsibilities.

I'm a community member. How can I be involved?

As a community member, you can help cover the costs of raising and training the dogs in the program, such as food, veterinary services, educational materials for the student interns, and more. The UWRF Foundation has a service dog fund to specifically help with some of these needs. You can donate to this fund on the UWRF Foundation webpage by typing "service dog" into the "I would like to support other" field.

I think I am in need of a service dog. How can I get more information about the process?

Visit the PawPADs website to learn more about service dogs and fill out their application request form to indicate your interest.

For more information, email adept@pawpads.org or visit PawPADs.

Contact Us

Animal and Food Science
anfdsci@uwrf.edu
715-425-3704
242 Food Science Addition
590 S. Spruce Street
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