Welcome to IDEA Service Dogs!
IDEA Service Dogs offers a different kind of Assistance Dog Training Program

The founders of IDEA Service Dogs believe that many physically challenged people can achieve improved quality of life through the addition of a service dog. Dogs in the IDEA service dog program are raised in the student’s home and trained by the student, and sometimes an additional family member, under the guidance of professional trainers.

Our service area is that within approximately 45 minutes from central Keller, Texas, zip code 76248, in primarily Tarrant, Denton and Dallas counties. Our students must be able to attend regular classes and field trips in our service area.

IDEA Service Dogs is a 501(c)3 non-profit, public charity based in Tarrant county within the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. All training sessions are held in the Keller, Southlake and Grapevine areas of the metroplex. Because we are an all-volunteer non-profit, our fees are very low.

As the IDEA Service Dogs program has matured, we have found that the clients we best serve are those with needs including mobility, retrieval, and medical response for adults. This includes tasks such as bracing while walking and transferring, retrieval of articles and people, seizure response and allergy detection. If you need a dog trained for tasks outside of this scope or for a child under age 18, please contact us for a referral to a private trainer or other resource.

We train the disabled and their service dogs for:

  • Mobility support such as for balance, transferring and wheelchair assistance
  • Retrieval of objects, opening and closing doors and cabinets, and other active task work
  • Retrieval of another person for assistance
  • Seizure and medical response
  • Tree nut allergy detection in the close environment

We do not train for:

  • Psychiatric disabilities such as anxiety, depression, personality disorder and PTSD.
  • Diabetic alert
  • Children under age 18
  • Autism and learning disabilities
  • Guide dog tasks
  • Hearing alert


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