Heeling House

Heeling House Heeling House is a non profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of kids with special
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Congratulations to our Service Dog class of 2024 for passing their Community Canine test last night.  They have been pra...
10/18/2023

Congratulations to our Service Dog class of 2024 for passing their Community Canine test last night. They have been practicing at different locations in our community for the past month (Reston Town Center, One Loudoun, Village at Leesburg, Leesburg Premium Outlets). Their next step is the Public Access Test, then on to task work training!

We’re so proud of our girls Ginger and Moxie and all the lives they’re changing as part of our Adult Detention Center Se...
10/04/2023

We’re so proud of our girls Ginger and Moxie and all the lives they’re changing as part of our Adult Detention Center Service Puppy Program in conjunction with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Take a peek at what the inmates have to say about the program during their interview with WDVM!

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (DC News Now) — Within a two-story unit of cells and classrooms in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, four men and two puppies have formed a bond together. The fou…

09/29/2023
Therapy Dog Marley loved offering a paw to hold to nursing students at The George Washington University Student Nurses' ...
09/28/2023

Therapy Dog Marley loved offering a paw to hold to nursing students at The George Washington University Student Nurses' Association as they learn to help and heal others! Thanks for having us. We are so grateful for all the nurses in our community! 🩺🐾
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Have you stopped by our booth at the Village at Leesburg’s Pet Festival yet? We will be here and until 4 PM! We have tre...
09/16/2023

Have you stopped by our booth at the Village at Leesburg’s Pet Festival yet? We will be here and until 4 PM! We have treats for your furry friends! 🐶🦴
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Earlier this week, therapy dog Murphy, along with his therapy dog pals Murray and Zoe, had a great time spending time wi...
09/14/2023

Earlier this week, therapy dog Murphy, along with his therapy dog pals Murray and Zoe, had a great time spending time with some terrific readers at the PAWS to Read program through Loudoun County Public Library Gum Spring! Check out Murphy below being a pawsome reading buddy to some really smart kids!
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**Update - this event is now full.  Please check back in two months for the next opportunity!**Do you have a child or kn...
09/12/2023

**Update - this event is now full. Please check back in two months for the next opportunity!**
Do you have a child or know a child that would like to lend us a hand with some therapy dog training? We need as many kiddos as possible (ages 5 to 18) to come out to our office this Thursday Sept. 14th from 6:30pm to 7:15pm to help us train our up and coming therapy dogs. These nights are always a lot of fun, so don't miss the opportunity! Please send us a message, or email [email protected] to reserve your spots and get more details.

Therapy dogs Bear and Memphis, as well as Service Puppy in Training Sunny had the best time at YMCA Loudoun County’s Bac...
09/09/2023

Therapy dogs Bear and Memphis, as well as Service Puppy in Training Sunny had the best time at YMCA Loudoun County’s Back to School Bash today! They loved all the hugs and pets they got and Sunny even got to see her first fire truck! 🐕‍🦺🚒 We always love getting out in our community to support great causes for kids!
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Service Puppy in Training Sunny had her first sponsored visit at Lowes Island Elementary today! 🍊She was very calm as sh...
09/06/2023

Service Puppy in Training Sunny had her first sponsored visit at Lowes Island Elementary today! 🍊She was very calm as she made lots of new friends! As part of her sponsorship, Sunny will be back weekly to learn and grow with students and teachers, as well as teach the students about animal care and the important jobs of service dogs! Sunny is already looking forward to next week’s visit! It’s going to be a great school year! 📓🐩

Thank you, Lowes Island Elementary for covering Sunny’s care for this next year! If you would like to know more about sponsoring a puppy as an organization or business, feel free to reach out to us!
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Service Puppy in Training Moxie wants to wish everyone a very happy National Dog Day! 🐾💙 After a successful first week a...
08/26/2023

Service Puppy in Training Moxie wants to wish everyone a very happy National Dog Day! 🐾💙 After a successful first week at Loudoun’s Adult Detention Center, Moxie went for her first weekend with puppy raisers on her first ever Costco trip! Weekends away from the ADC will allow both Ginger and Moxie to still be exposed to outings in new places and everyday experiences!
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We have exciting news to share! We’re happy to be working with Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Loudoun County Ad...
08/22/2023

We have exciting news to share! We’re happy to be working with Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center in the new ADC Service Puppy Program. Check out this post for more details about the new program.

The results are in!  Yesterday was temperament testing day for the Labradors, and after much deliberation, we have chose...
08/20/2023

The results are in! Yesterday was temperament testing day for the Labradors, and after much deliberation, we have chosen Mr. Green and Miss Lavendar to join our service dog training program. We are pleased to introduce our service dog Class of 2025.

Have a special birthday coming up or want to get some early holiday shopping done while benefitting a wonderful cause?Th...
08/11/2023

Have a special birthday coming up or want to get some early holiday shopping done while benefitting a wonderful cause?

This weekend Kendra Scott is hosting a fundraiser to support Heeling House. 20% of all sales will be donated to us directly.

Join us tomorrow from 4-6pm at the Kendra Scott store in Reston Town Center to meet some of our therapy dogs while you shop!

Can’t make it to the store? No problem! All weekend, use code GIVEBACK-ENIQV either online or over the phone to make sure you get your order in while still supporting your favorite animal-assisted non-profit!

Our therapy dogs had an amazing time meeting foreign exchange students and getting them acclimated to dogs before headin...
08/09/2023

Our therapy dogs had an amazing time meeting foreign exchange students and getting them acclimated to dogs before heading to their host families! Thank you AFS USA for the invitation and warm welcome!

The Labs are 6 weeks old now, and had a big week of socialization.  They had their first bath, went out for a walk in th...
08/09/2023

The Labs are 6 weeks old now, and had a big week of socialization. They had their first bath, went out for a walk in the big field, and met their first little two legged friend. Early socialization is a big part of the Puppy Culture program, and is key to making sure these pups are ready for anything when they go into their new homes!

08/05/2023

The results are in! The following dogs will be entering into the Heeling House Service Dog training program: Mr. Light Blue, Mr. Dark Blue, Mr. Brown and Miss White. Miss Pink will be entering our Owner Trained service dog program, and Mr. Teal will be in our Therapy Dog training program. The rest of the pups are still available , and are going to be phenomenal additions to some lucky households (there are also some more pups with therapy dog potential for anyone looking!) We are excited to keep you updated on the Labradoodle adventures in the coming months.

The Labradoodles are studying hard for their temperament testing tomorrow!  The temperament test helps us determine wher...
08/04/2023

The Labradoodles are studying hard for their temperament testing tomorrow! The temperament test helps us determine where each pup will be best suited - as a potential service dog, therapy dog, or a wonderful family pet. Any guesses which pups will be chosen for each option? The results will be announced tomorrow .

The Doodles turned 6 weeks old, and have had a big week!  They had a blast playing with their new toy tower, exploring t...
07/29/2023

The Doodles turned 6 weeks old, and have had a big week! They had a blast playing with their new toy tower, exploring their outdoor yard, and having a spa day, complete with baths and nail trims 😀 Some of these cuties are still available .. please message us if you are interested!

We are pleased to introduce our beautiful litter of English Labrador Retrievers. They are four weeks old today, and grow...
07/25/2023

We are pleased to introduce our beautiful litter of English Labrador Retrievers. They are four weeks old today, and growing up quickly! Their mama Angie was imported from Ukraine, is registered with the UKC, and is a registered therapy dog. Their father Maui is a handsome AKC registered Labrador from Minnesota. He is currently in training in our service dog program. We are raising these pups using Puppy Culture, so at 8 weeks old, they will already have a head start with training and socializing. We will be enrolling a few of these pups in our service dog training program, and the rest will be available to go to loving homes. Parents have health and genetic clearances, and puppies will have their first vaccines, deworming and microchips. Don't miss your opportunity to own one of these special pups - they will make wonderful family pets, therapy dog prospects or potential owner-trained service dog prospects. Message us or email for more information.

The Labradoodles are 5 weeks old today!  Their 'puppy service announcement' is don't forget your sun protection on these...
07/20/2023

The Labradoodles are 5 weeks old today! Their 'puppy service announcement' is don't forget your sun protection on these hot summer days!

We are pleased to introduce our Bakers Dozen litter of Labradoodles!  They are now four weeks old and their personalitie...
07/14/2023

We are pleased to introduce our Bakers Dozen litter of Labradoodles! They are now four weeks old and their personalities are really starting to shine. Their Labradoodle mama BeeBee (Jolene's daughter) is a registered therapy dog, and their father Clemson is a wonderful standard poodle finishing his training. We are raising these pups using Puppy Culture, so at 8 weeks old, they will already have a head start with training and socializing. We will be enrolling a few of these pups in our service dog training program, and the rest will be available to go to loving homes. Parents have health and genetic clearances, and puppies will have their first vaccines, deworming and microchips. Don't miss your opportunity to own one of these special pups - they will make wonderful family pets, therapy dog prospects or potential owner-trained service dog prospects. Message us or email for more information.

Big news…we’ve got puppies! We are happy to announce that we have a litter of F1b Labradoodles as well as a litter of pu...
07/04/2023

Big news…we’ve got puppies! We are happy to announce that we have a litter of F1b Labradoodles as well as a litter of purebred English Labradors.

Some of these puppies will be entering our Service Dog program, and those that don’t will be made available to loving homes!

All parents are health and genetics tested, and puppies are raised using the Puppy Culture program for early neurological stimulation and socialization! Puppies will be available to go home mid to late August, and will have been dewormed, have received their first vaccinations, and been microchipped.

We’re currently accepting 9 deposits for each litter to be placed on a first-come, first-served waiting list, so email us now at [email protected] to make sure you don’t miss the chance of adding one of our wonderful pups to your family!

p.s. try to take a guess at how many different Labradoodle colors we have!

Summer is here, but learning never stops! Our Group Puppy, Basic Obedience, and Canine Good Citizen classes all start to...
06/12/2023

Summer is here, but learning never stops! Our Group Puppy, Basic Obedience, and Canine Good Citizen classes all start tomorrow, Tuesday 6/13 and it’s not too late to sign up!

Visit our website to register for class and make sure your dog is ready to have some summer fun by mastering their obedience skills!

**Update - this event is now full.  Check back with us in late July for our next opportunity!**Do you have a child or kn...
06/07/2023

**Update - this event is now full. Check back with us in late July for our next opportunity!**

Do you have a child or know a child that would like to lend us a hand with some therapy dog training? We need as many kiddos as possible (ages 5 to 18) to come out to our office tomorrow, June 8th from 6:30pm to 7:15pm and spend some time helping us train our up and coming therapy dogs. These nights are always a lot of fun, so don't miss the opportunity! Please email [email protected] to reserve your spots and get more details.

This week we wrapped up our pilot Sponsor a Service Puppy program with Sunset Hills Montessori School in Reston.  Thanks...
06/02/2023

This week we wrapped up our pilot Sponsor a Service Puppy program with Sunset Hills Montessori School in Reston. Thanks to the dedication and support of the school staff and students, and the generosity of the parents, the program was a huge success! The school sponsored Maui, one of our service dogs in training, by organizing and executing several different fundraisers throughout the year, and raising $2365! In turn, Maui made monthly visits to the school during the school year. Each month, we weighed and measured Maui, and reviewed all of the new commands Maui learned during the month. Not only did the children learn about the concepts of measurement, graphing, data collection and note-taking, but they also learned about patience, empathy and perseverance through assisting with the puppy training. You can read more about the program in this month's Reston Letter athttps://irp.cdn-website.com/b7e28502/files/uploaded/Reston%20Letter%20May%202023-f30a88b0.pdf If you are interested in sponsoring a puppy, you can get more information on our website at https://www.heelinghouse.org/ways-to-give

06/01/2023
Pretzel says run, don’t walk! New obedience classes are starting in June for Puppy, Basic, CGC, Therapy Prep, and back b...
05/23/2023

Pretzel says run, don’t walk! New obedience classes are starting in June for Puppy, Basic, CGC, Therapy Prep, and back by popular demand: Tricks and Games!

Sign up on our website at https://www.heelinghouse.org/book-online

p.s. Pretzel (almost 10 years old) wants everyone to know that you’re never too little or too old for some training!

It was such a great event today with Anything's Pawsible. The dogs got to pose with celebrities and show off their photo...
05/20/2023

It was such a great event today with Anything's Pawsible. The dogs got to pose with celebrities and show off their photogenic faces. We had some tired puppies by the end.

Airports can be stressful for many, some of our therapy dogs happily provided comfort to the hard working staff, and tra...
05/18/2023

Airports can be stressful for many, some of our therapy dogs happily provided comfort to the hard working staff, and travelers at Washington Dulles International Airport yesterday! ✈️🐾

Our therapy dogs, Doc, Bear, and Pip loved helping students de-stress from studying and finals today! 🧺🐶
05/03/2023

Our therapy dogs, Doc, Bear, and Pip loved helping students de-stress from studying and finals today! 🧺🐶

Leilani came to Rockwood Area Elementary School to teach some amazing pre-k and kindergartners about service dogs! Leila...
04/24/2023

Leilani came to Rockwood Area Elementary School to teach some amazing pre-k and kindergartners about service dogs! Leilani had so much fun making new friends and helping them learn about what to do when you see a service dog, or service dog in training! Thank you for having us, Rockwood Area Elementary! We love educating anyone and everyone about service dogs and the many different jobs they can do! 📓🦮

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Looking for a fun and active way to support a good cause? Join Anything's PAWsible at their upcoming event on May 20th! ...
04/21/2023

Looking for a fun and active way to support a good cause? Join Anything's PAWsible at their upcoming event on May 20th! This event is perfect for anyone who loves to run and wants to make a difference in the lives of children in need of service dogs.

Heeling House will be in attendance, and you'll have the opportunity to sign up to run and raise funds for this amazing organization. Whether you're a seasoned runner or just starting out, this event is open to all levels of experience.

So, mark your calendars and come out for a day of fun, fitness, and philanthropy! Don't forget to tag Anything's PAWsible on social media and share the event with your friends and family. Let's make a difference together!

Finished initial training with a puppy and don’t know what to do next? We still have space in our Advanced Puppy class s...
04/10/2023

Finished initial training with a puppy and don’t know what to do next? We still have space in our Advanced Puppy class starting tomorrow evening!

Keep your puppy learning in this 7-week class that focuses on solidifying commands and working around distractions!

04/01/2023
Hey guys! It’s Heeling House, again! As an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with special needs ...
04/01/2023

Hey guys! It’s Heeling House, again! As an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with special needs through animal assisted interactions, we celebrate Autism Acceptance Month, we want to take this opportunity to invite you to support our cause.

We know the power that therapy and service dogs can have in making a positive impact on the lives of children with special needs, and we are committed to expanding our services to reach even more families. Your support can help us achieve this goal and make a real difference in the lives of those affected by Autism.

By contributing to our campaign, you will be helping us to expand our therapy dog program, providing emotional support and physical assistance to children in need.

So let's work together to spread awareness and acceptance this month, and support the Heeling House in our mission to help children with special needs. Thank you for your support!

To recognize individuals with Autism and their community, please go to our campaign: https://www.bonfire.com/heelinghouse-autism-acceptance-month/

Therapy dogs Argos and Zoey had a fantastic time sharing some love and cuddles with students and staff at Lightridge Hig...
03/30/2023

Therapy dogs Argos and Zoey had a fantastic time sharing some love and cuddles with students and staff at Lightridge High School yesterday! Our dogs love providing much needed stress relief and meeting new people.

Let us know what you’d like to see from our pups or ways we can help you!

We believe in the power of animal-assisted therapy to bring joy and comfort to children. Our therapy and service dogs ha...
03/27/2023

We believe in the power of animal-assisted therapy to bring joy and comfort to children. Our therapy and service dogs have a remarkable ability to help children reduce stress, relax, and boost their self-esteem. They also help children develop important life skills like responsibility, patience, and compassion.

We are passionate about our work and want to share the benefits of animal-assisted therapy with as many people as possible. That's why we actively participate in the community and can be found in different places like schools, libraries, hospitals, and events.

We're especially happy when it's , because it gives us a chance to reflect on all the amazing things our dogs have done for our clients. Whether it's helping someone get up in the morning, providing comfort during a tough time, or just making someone's day with their wagging tails and funny behavior, our dogs are really superheroes in fur coats.

So if you're feeling down or facing a challenge today, remember that there's always a furry friend out there who can help you through it. And if you're interested in learning more about what we do or how you can support us, check out our website or give us a shout. Together, we can make a difference, one wagging tail at a time!

Happy National Purple Day, everyone! Today we celebrate and raise awareness about epilepsy, a neurological disorder that...
03/26/2023

Happy National Purple Day, everyone! Today we celebrate and raise awareness about epilepsy, a neurological disorder that affects millions of people around the world. Did you know that service dogs can assist individuals with epilepsy in managing their condition?

Seizure alert dogs are trained to detect the signs of an oncoming seizure and alert their partner, allowing them to take necessary precautions and stay safe during an episode. Additionally, seizure response dogs are trained to perform specific tasks, such as retrieving medication or calling for help, to assist their partner during and after a seizure.

At Heeling House, we recognize the vital role that service dogs play in the lives of individuals with epilepsy. These amazing dogs not only provide life-saving assistance but also offer companionship, emotional support, and independence to their partners.

So, on this National Purple Day, let's recognize the incredible work of service dogs in helping individuals with epilepsy manage their condition. If you or someone you know is living with epilepsy, consider the benefits of having a seizure alert or response dog as a partner.

Contact us at Heeling House to learn more about our service dog training program and how we can help you find the perfect match. Let's continue to spread awareness and support for those living with epilepsy!

Be the vital puzzle piece: Raise a puppy for a future service dog!Hey there, animal lovers! Are you interested in making...
03/25/2023

Be the vital puzzle piece: Raise a puppy for a future service dog!

Hey there, animal lovers! Are you interested in making a difference in someone's life? Becoming a puppy raiser for Heeling House could be your perfect opportunity! By raising a puppy, you could be providing someone in need with the most loyal, loving and intelligent service dog.

Being a puppy raiser requires a lot of time and effort, and we understand that it may be difficult to let go of a dog you've grown to love. But imagine the sense of pride you will feel, knowing that your furry friend is helping someone overcome their challenges and improve their quality of life!

Our service dogs work in a variety of roles, from assisting individuals with physical limitations to supporting those who suffer from PTSD or anxiety, among other specialized task work. By raising a puppy for Heeling House, you'll be an essential puzzle piece in preparing a future service dog for their invaluable work.

Join us today, and together we can make a significant impact on the lives of those in need. Contact Heeling House to find out how you can become a vital puzzle piece and raise a puppy for a future service dog!

Looking for a fun and free event that your kids will love? Look no further than Heeling House's “Kid Night!” Join us ton...
03/24/2023

Looking for a fun and free event that your kids will love? Look no further than Heeling House's “Kid Night!” Join us tonight at 6 PM for an unforgettable evening of meeting and interacting with our amazing therapy dogs.

At Heeling House, we understand the importance of providing children with a safe and supportive environment where they can learn and grow. That's why we're proud to offer a variety of programs designed to meet the unique needs of each child. And at Kid Night, your kids will have the opportunity to experience the joy and healing power of our professionally trained therapy animals.

So if you're looking for a fun and educational activity for your kids, come join us tonight at Heeling House for Kid Night! We can't wait to see you there!

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Thank you to all of our sponsors!
The Ryan Bartel Foundation
Journey to Wellness
Heeling House
Cascade Rapids
Auto Stop Elite
NAMI Northern Virginia
Deb Williams, Pearson Smith Realty
Sunstone Counseling
Image360 Dulles
Cascades Chiropractic Wellness Center
Mainstay Therapy
Moss Building & Design
Floor Coverings International
Neil McNerney - Counselor
Urbano Modern Italian

Brother UP Foundation

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I spy 🕵️‍♀️ a TK pup at Heeling House he is a Willa and Royal son
We love it when Heeling House visits!
Congratulations to Heeling House on this handsome boy out of Willa and Royal. The Heeling House helps children in need check them out Heeling House
If anyone is looking for that perfect Mother's Day (or any other day!) gift, this is a great opportunity to support Heeling House!
do you make visits to homes in Ashburn for dog therapy?
Thank you for allowing my boys to assist with your therapy dog training. They are still talking about the experience a week later.
YOU. GUYS. I have a huge announcement: I matched with a service dog! I know times are tough right now, so if you can’t donate, please share! My new buddy Nathan and I are due to start training together in August. He’s such a lovable, goofy, big guy and I can’t wait to start this journey! Also if anyone has any fundraising ideas, let me know! I have set the funds to go directly to Heeling House! You can follow along with Nathan and his siblings at Heeling House Puppy Program🐕‍🦺🐾

https://www.gofundme.com/f/21hc8nue1c
We have another $100 Bonus Drawing...and our winner is Heeling House!

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Today is Love Your Pet Day!

We love our furry helpers from Heeling House.

Thanks to past grants and donations from the Loudoun community, we have been able to partner with Heeling House which provides animal assisted therapy and combine it with our occupational therapy sessions.

Help us offer this option to more kids and bring these pups back for some more visits!

Donate today:
https://blue-ridge-speech-hearing.networkforgood.com/projects/6334-everyday-giving

How four-legged friends help kids with special needs - read more about our February Community Outreach Partner, Heeling House: https://salonkhouri.com/blog/2020/02/01/heeling-house-our-february-community-outreach-partner/
Your daily dose of cuteness, courtesy of the Paws to Read program at Gum Spring Library 🥰

Thanks to the ever-amazing pups and volunteers from Heeling House! Please see the comments for upcoming Paws to Read dates.
A special thank you to The Heeling House for always hosting a station at Discovery Elementary to help students understand the different challenges that people face every day. Bear and Dana are now regulars at Discovery! ☺️ Willow was amazing too! I cannot express how thankful we are for you all!
Jacobi, Olivia, Lauren, and Samantha enjoyed meeting Presley. Thanks again to Heeling House for helping ease our anxious patients.
Doggy Day Care…Quincy and Nathan helped some anxious patients this week. Many thanks to Heeling House for their continued support and helping to create positive experiences for our patients.
In language fundamentals class fourth graders have been working on a unit on animal communication. Special thanks to the Heeling House for coming to Hill to talk to the students about how therapy dogs help children in different circumstances.