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Service Dogs Training Program


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We don’t just provide service dogs; we provide independence

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, this could include Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Quadriplegia, Paraplegia, Amputation, Stroke, Spinal Cord Injuries, and Polio live fuller lives.  We also work with children who have Autism.  If you are unsure if we work with your diagnosis, please call us for clarification!

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.  This may not hold true in all cases as we match the skills of our dogs with the needs of our clients.  We encourage anyone thinking about getting a Service Dog to start the process by completing an application. 



Pups in the Classroom

Over the past 2 years, this program has surpassed all expectations. Pups in the Classroom are changing the lives of students, not only those who struggle in the classroom but the whole school from staff to students, our canine friends are making a difference.

If you are a Principal, Teacher or Counselor that wishes to pursue this amazing opportunity, please complete our Facility Dog application. Together, our group of trainers and program leaders will meet and work with you to find the right Facility Dog for your classroom.

Apply today and together we will make a difference in a child’s education!

Note:  A School Board Facility Dog Policy is required to be submitted with your application. If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact Lori Breece, Program Manager or Marlise Mellinger, Trainer at (717) 397-1841.


Disclaimer: “Successfully attending weekly trainings and monthly socialization outings with one of our dogs in training does not signify that this person is a service/assistance dog trainer or qualified to train and/or place service/assistance dogs.

Assistance Dogs International has specific standards that an individual must meet in order to be a certified assistance (service and or hearing) dog trainer – and taking part in these classes does not meet these requirements.

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

For more information on how this program works and the requirements for participation CLICK HERE

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 and Johnson & Johnson.  NEW sponsors in 2018: Sam & Dena Lombardo, Jill Carson and Woodstream in Lititz joined our elite group of sponsors!  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.

Kennel Care

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer during day times and evenings to walk dogs, bath/brush dogs and help with general care or play with our kennel dogs.  Please contact Marlise M. at marlisem@udservices.org or Lori B. at lorib@udservices.org to sign-up for our next New Volunteer Orientation.  We will prepare you for spending time with our dogs.  Thank you for your interest in wanting to help us care for our dogs during their Secondary Phase of training.

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.

Service Area – EXTENDED FOR 2019

We work with individuals  who live within 4 hours of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


Support Our Service Dog Sponsors:

Weis Markets

Weis Markets sponsors of our annual 5K Cause for Paws

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Dart Container Corporation

Supporting our Annual Chicken BBQ for 4 years and counting

Lancaster Hyundai

2017 Event Sponsor for our 5K Cause for Paws

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Knouse Foods

Supporting our Annual Chicken BBQ for 4 years and counting

Rental Zone

2017 Event Sponsor for our 5K Cause for Paws

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W.B. Mason

Supporting our Annual Chicken BBQ and 5K Cause of Paws