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Service Dogs Training Program

Born to love. Trained to Serve.

Everyday life can be difficult and lonely for some people with disabilities. UDS Service Dogs are trained from pups for over two years by a team of dedicated volunteers and professionals to help people who have a mobility disability live fuller lives.

Trained to obey and assist, these loving dogs help with daily tasks such as opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, picking something up off the floor, balance, retrieving and delivering—even getting something out of the refrigerator. But beyond helping to perform basic tasks, these remarkable dogs become affectionate friends.

Our clients participate in one-on-one training as well as group training sessions in our facility in Lancaster, PA. Due to the rising popularity of service dogs, we have a waiting list that can be as long as 3 years.

Service Dog Application

Owner Trained Training Program (Not for pets already in the home)

If you are ready to learn more about the becoming part of the UDS Service Dogs training, visit the Owner Trained Service Dog Training Program page to learn more about the process and steps needed get started.

NEW! Obedience Classes

We’re now offering expert training for your dog!

Want a happy, well-behaved dog? UDS now offers Basic Obedience Classes for your favorite canine! Learn proven methods and techniques for building a healthy relationship with your pooch. You’ll work directly with the same trainers who prepare the UDS Service Dogs. Discover this great new UDS Service Dogs program for the community and help your dog be his best.

You and your dog will learn

  • How to better communicate
  • Basic obedience instructions-sit, down, come, heel, stay, etc.
  • Socialization with other dogs and people

Class Schedule

Schedule: (Call for class schedules)
Location: 1905 Olde Homestead Lane Lancaster
Contact: 717-397-1841
Tuition: $125.00 for 6 classes. One-on-one training is also available.
All proceeds benefit the UDS Service Dogs program.

Become a Sponsor for a UDS Service Dog in Training!

Is your business or organization looking for a community or team building project which will boost morale, make a difference in the life of someone and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy?

Sponsoring the training and care of a special dog for someone with a disability can accomplish this and at the same time give greater independence to that person.

UDS Service Dogs is now offering sponsorships for service dogs in training, for a placement team, or for puppies just beginning their training. Your sponsorship donation helps UDS Service Dogs continue to provide these critical and impactful services.

Join our elite group of puppy sponsors; Dan & Suzy Keller; Keller Bros., Ford Family of Dealerships, Lititz & Lebanon; Mary and Frank Jalongo, Indiana, PA; The Porsche Club of America; Elizabeth Zipf, NJ; Primitives by Kathy; The GEO Group, Gail Carson & Love.Give.Live.  They are helping to create miracles…..would you like to be part of a miracle?

Dog lovers needed. Volunteer today!

If you love dogs and appreciate the life-altering contribution service dogs make in people’s lives, we have lots of ways you can help, including:

Puppy Homes – Give us 18 months of your time, patience and love to raise and help train a puppy.

Puppy Sitters – Provide a short respite for Puppy Home people by keeping their pups while they’re away from home.

Puppy Pals – Assist a Puppy Home by playing with, exercising and training a puppy. Fill out the Puppy Pal Questionnaire.

Special Events Volunteers – Help out at Service Dog special events, shows and fundraisers.

High School Senior Projects – The perfect community service senor volunteer project for dog-loving high schoolers – raising a UDS Service Dog puppy! This rewarding project can actually be started in your Junior year.

Pennies for Puppies

Congratulations to Landisville Middle School for their dedication and commitment to the UDS Service Dogs Program with their “Pennies for Puppies” fundraising event!

See Our Service Dogs in Action

Our service dogs have lots of fans. You can find photos of our pups at work and play and stay on top of the latest news on our Facebook page. Visit Our Service Dogs on Facebook.

Legislation Protects Service Dogs

In 2012, Governor Corbett signed legislation that made it a crime to harm a service dog. Read About the Law.

Coverage area

We work with individuals who live within 2 1/2 hours of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

For More Information

To find out about upcoming classes or our program, contact the UDS Resource Center at 888-837-4235 or resourcecenter@udservices.org.

Support Our Service Dog Sponsors: