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Disability Dogs Disability Dogs can provide you with cooperative training (owner/trainer). Our service dogs are provided at little or no cost for Veterans and First Responders.

We do consider training service dogs for private owners, reach out and let us know. Non profit to serve veterans and first responders (when able).

Operating as usual

It starts with play.
15/03/2022

It starts with play.

08/02/2022
27/01/2022
27/01/2022
This is why we do what we do. As many of you know we have scaled back, however, we have not quit!
20/01/2022

This is why we do what we do. As many of you know we have scaled back, however, we have not quit!

17/11/2021

We have some great news! We want to announce Tom and Jo Ferguson as the new co-owners of Disability Dogs. They are going to move our program forward. Excited about what they are bringing to the table.

@watt_performance_horses  thank you for the opportunity to do this! #officialaqha #america #freedom #veteran #veteran #m...
11/09/2021

@watt_performance_horses thank you for the opportunity to do this! #officialaqha #america #freedom #veteran #veteran #military #neverforget

30/05/2021

Anyone know anyone needing a service dog? We are downsizing a little more.

Is anyone interested in a Boarder Collie puppy? Please let me know. We are trying to place them with forever families. T...
29/05/2021

Is anyone interested in a Boarder Collie puppy? Please let me know. We are trying to place them with forever families. They are 9 weeks old. Small rehoming fee to cover expenses.

Look what we found! Available for rehoming. PM for details. These are pure bred working lines.
13/05/2021

Look what we found! Available for rehoming. PM for details. These are pure bred working lines.

Photos from Sidney Raiders's post
26/04/2021

Photos from Sidney Raiders's post

Dante is coming along great with his training and he is somehow still looking for a handler and a job! We have just a fe...
21/03/2021

Dante is coming along great with his training and he is somehow still looking for a handler and a job! We have just a few slots left including Dante so now is a great time to send in an application. #disabilitydogs #dante #xolo #servicedog #coco

Dale went home to his new family! He has grown so much with us already and he is going to keep growing and learning. We ...
20/03/2021

Dale went home to his new family! He has grown so much with us already and he is going to keep growing and learning. We are sad to see him go but we can’t wait for him to bring joy to his new people. #disabilitydogs #dale #bluemerle #puppies

Murphy was paired with his handler! He is already making a big impact on his life and they are going to make an amazing ...
17/03/2021

Murphy was paired with his handler! He is already making a big impact on his life and they are going to make an amazing team as they continue to grow together. We are so excited to see what they accomplish. #disabilitydogs #murphy #servicedog #rottweiler

This is Maui. He just finished his board and train with us and is back with his humans. These pictures are from a traini...
17/03/2021

This is Maui. He just finished his board and train with us and is back with his humans. These pictures are from a training lesson where he alerted to Ashley’s heart rate! #disabilitydogs #belgianmalinois #maui #servicedog

Bear got to travel on the trip to Florida for more exposure and environment training. We make sure to expose our dogs to...
16/03/2021

Bear got to travel on the trip to Florida for more exposure and environment training. We make sure to expose our dogs to as many real life situations as possible during training. Here are some action shots to training videos. #disabilitydogs #belgianmalinois #bear #servicedog #workingdog

Murphy is coming along great. He is learning fast and has so much talent. We know he is going to do great things! #disab...
15/03/2021

Murphy is coming along great. He is learning fast and has so much talent. We know he is going to do great things! #disabilitydogs #rottweiler #murphy #servicedog #workingdog

The boys and Harley enjoying the Florida weather on the agility equipment! #disabilitydogsjr #disabilitydogs #florida #g...
08/03/2021

The boys and Harley enjoying the Florida weather on the agility equipment! #disabilitydogsjr #disabilitydogs #florida #goldenretriever

It’s time to officially introduce Harley. She has been in our program and she is matched with a handler who has POTS. Sh...
05/03/2021

It’s time to officially introduce Harley. She has been in our program and she is matched with a handler who has POTS. She will do cardiac alert along with other tasks to help with her handlers disability. She is a beautiful golden retriever and wicked smart. Looking forward to getting her working full time for her human soon! #disabilitydogs #servicedogintraining #pots #cardiacalertservicedog #goldenretriever

Rouge got to take a public access field trip to Leaven Brewing to practice all her new skills. She is doing great and ab...
04/03/2021

Rouge got to take a public access field trip to Leaven Brewing to practice all her new skills. She is doing great and absolutely loved getting to work. #disabilitydogs #australianshepherd #rouge #leavenbrewing

Meet Dale! He is an amazing little puppy in our program and has great drive. We can’t wait to see him improve with train...
03/03/2021

Meet Dale! He is an amazing little puppy in our program and has great drive. We can’t wait to see him improve with training while we watch him grow. #disabilitydogs #bordercollie #bluemerle #workingdog #servicedogintraining

Meet Chip! He is a Blue Merle Border Collie who recently got placed in his forever working home. We are so happy to see ...
02/03/2021

Meet Chip! He is a Blue Merle Border Collie who recently got placed in his forever working home. We are so happy to see our dogs have jobs that make people’s lives better. #disabilitydogs #bordercollie #bluemerle #yellowlab #workingdog

We have a few dogs left that are waiting to be paired with a handler. If you or someone you know has been waiting to sen...
02/03/2021

We have a few dogs left that are waiting to be paired with a handler. If you or someone you know has been waiting to send in an application now is the time!

Here is Clifford and June playing in all the snow we have in Missouri. Both are progressing great getting ready for thei...
18/02/2021

Here is Clifford and June playing in all the snow we have in Missouri. Both are progressing great getting ready for their handlers. The humans here are ready for the snow to go away even though the dogs love it. #disabilitydogs #clifford #june #servicedogintraining #snow

Here is Yankee Doodle polishing up his public access training. He is getting ready to go to his new handler as a diabeti...
14/02/2021

Here is Yankee Doodle polishing up his public access training. He is getting ready to go to his new handler as a diabetic alert service dog. 🐕‍🦺 🦮 #disabilitydogs #diabeticalertdog #yankee #labradoodle

Dante had a refresher lesson in what we call “roadwork” today. It is so important to test a dogs obedience and commands ...
04/02/2021

Dante had a refresher lesson in what we call “roadwork” today. It is so important to test a dogs obedience and commands in environments with distractions. This is a great test for dogs before trying public access. #disabilitydogs #xoloitzcuintli #xolo #dante #servicedogintraining

Maya is making great progress! She has a bright future as an autism service dog. Dogs provide the kind of unconditional ...
28/01/2021

Maya is making great progress! She has a bright future as an autism service dog. Dogs provide the kind of unconditional companionship and friendship that can help a child with autism build social skills and confidence as well as preforming essential tasks for their handler. #disabilitydogs #servicedogintraining #autismservicedogintraining #maya #rottweiler

DPT is a great task. To make it most effective your dog needs to learn what the best position to administer the pressure...
26/01/2021

DPT is a great task. To make it most effective your dog needs to learn what the best position to administer the pressure is. This takes time and training leading them into the correct position. Here are some “blooper” pictures of a fun training session with Harley. #disabilitydogs #servicedogintraining #dpt #potssyndrome

Public access is so important for a service dog. A great start to this is doing a down stay outside of a busy establishm...
18/01/2021

Public access is so important for a service dog. A great start to this is doing a down stay outside of a busy establishment to test your dogs obedience and ability to focus in busy situations. It is also a great way for proper socialization. #disabilitydogs #rouge #downstay #dogtraining

Unfortunately Ashley is sick with the flu. We apologize if you are waiting to hear from her. As soon as she gets back to...
17/01/2021

Unfortunately Ashley is sick with the flu. We apologize if you are waiting to hear from her. As soon as she gets back to feeling better she will reach out. Until then we just want to thank you for being patient.

Here is Nala one of the puppies from the lab litter. She is an amazing dog and doing great with her family. #disabilityd...
16/01/2021

Here is Nala one of the puppies from the lab litter. She is an amazing dog and doing great with her family. #disabilitydogs #lab #labpuppy #lionking

This is Anchor. She is a service dog prospect in puppy training. She is going to be a great service dog for her handler ...
13/01/2021

This is Anchor. She is a service dog prospect in puppy training. She is going to be a great service dog for her handler when she is older. #disabilitydogs #anchor #bordercollie #merle #servicedogprospect #servicedogintraining

Building a strong down stay foundation is so important! It’s a great thing to practice at home while adding duration. It...
11/01/2021

Building a strong down stay foundation is so important! It’s a great thing to practice at home while adding duration. It becomes so important for things like planes, appointments, and restaurants. #disabilitydogs #rottweiler #servicedog #downstay

31/12/2020

Attention please, we have an announcement:

Disability Dogs will be scaling back the program.

We will only be taking on new dogs/handlers on a very limited basis. We will also continue training and working with all previously agreed upon dog/handler teams. If you are already a Disability Dogs team your agreement and training will not be affected.

This was a hard decision, but health and personal needs required a tough solution. This is a difficult decision and process for our team, and we hope you all understand.

To current and previous teams, we appreciate you and look forward to continuing our relationship with you and your pups!

For anyone with questions please reach out to us. Our goal is to ensure you are taken care of, as the entire reason for the training team to do what we do is the opportunity to help, comfort, and assist you in your journey to get the help you need and deserve.

Thank you all, from all of us.

So I just want to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year! If the responses are slow, please be patient, we...
25/12/2020

So I just want to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year! If the responses are slow, please be patient, we are trying to enjoy our families’!

This is Oliver, formally Simba. This is a picture from his trip to his new family showing how Disability Dogs travel in ...
25/12/2020

This is Oliver, formally Simba. This is a picture from his trip to his new family showing how Disability Dogs travel in luxury. We are so happy to be able to bring amazing dogs to amazing people. We also would like to thank all of our Disability Dogs family that continues to support our organization. Without all of you what we do wouldn’t be possible. We also want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays as we come closer to 2021!

This is the mood for this chilly Christmas Eve here in Missouri. A high of 36 and a low of 14! #disabilitydogs #cold #fr...
24/12/2020

This is the mood for this chilly Christmas Eve here in Missouri. A high of 36 and a low of 14! #disabilitydogs #cold #freezing #wishingforwarmerdays

The holidays are a super busy time for us. If you need anything make sure you reach out to us on messenger. Here is Dyna...
23/12/2020

The holidays are a super busy time for us. If you need anything make sure you reach out to us on messenger. Here is Dyna, a beautiful Malinois, in for a boarding down in Florida. All of us in Missouri are super jealous right now and missing the Florida weather. The dogs are loving the cold the humans not so much. #disabilitydogs #malinois #dyna #floridawinter

Here is a joke to start your Friday off right!Two dog owners are arguing about whose pet is smarter. “My dog is so smart...
18/12/2020

Here is a joke to start your Friday off right!

Two dog owners are arguing about whose pet is smarter. “My dog is so smart,” says the first owner, “that every morning he goes to the store and buys me a sesame seed bagel with chive cream cheese, stops off at Starbucks and picks me up a mocha latte, and then comes home and turns on ESPN, all before I get out of bed.” “I know,” says the second owner. “How do you know?” the first demands. “My dog told me.”

Meet June! Formally Ember from our Doodle litter. She is staying to complete training to be an amazing service dog for h...
17/12/2020

Meet June! Formally Ember from our Doodle litter. She is staying to complete training to be an amazing service dog for her handler. She is growing up so fast and learning so much. It’s important to remember to let puppies be puppies. Puppies need to grow and mature as they learn as they have big jobs to fill. #disabilitydogs #servicedoodle #servicedogintraining #june #puppylife

#wetdogwednesday This is Arya a clients new Golden Retriever service dog in training after a bath. Exposing puppies to n...
16/12/2020

#wetdogwednesday This is Arya a clients new Golden Retriever service dog in training after a bath. Exposing puppies to new experiences and building positive associations is so important. #disabilitydogs #environmentals #puppylife #servicedogintraining #goldenretriever #arya

Service dogs are more than just companions. They are a medical device and often a life saver for their handlers. Service...
15/12/2020

Service dogs are more than just companions. They are a medical device and often a life saver for their handlers. Service dogs are miracles on paws. #disabilitydogs #servicedogintraining #servicedog #lifesaver

This is Daisy. She was recently placed with a veteran and they are making an amazing team. She is already very attentive...
14/12/2020

This is Daisy. She was recently placed with a veteran and they are making an amazing team. She is already very attentive to her handlers needs and is loving her new job. Service dogs like Daisy change people’s lives for the better. They do things that no human can do for their handler. #servicedog #disabilitydogs #unconditionallove #ilovemyjob #seevicedogteam

Meet Hazel. A beautiful German Shepard we have in our program. She is doing great with her training and learning fast. #...
17/11/2020

Meet Hazel. A beautiful German Shepard we have in our program. She is doing great with her training and learning fast. #disabilitydogs #servicedogintraining #germanshepherd #servicedog

We have labs! These cuties are so friendly. Right now we are evaluating them and continuing to work on their environment...
08/11/2020

We have labs! These cuties are so friendly. Right now we are evaluating them and continuing to work on their environmentals. They are 8 weeks and and would make great service dog prospects, ESAs, or even family companions.

Meet Stella! She is a Newfoundland/Great Pyrenees and is absolutely beautiful. She is coming along great with her traini...
03/11/2020

Meet Stella! She is a Newfoundland/Great Pyrenees and is absolutely beautiful. She is coming along great with her training and will be an amazing service dog. #disabilitydogs #servicedogintraining #stella #newfoundland #greatpyrenees

Meet Clifford the big red dog! Clifford is a Golden Retriever and is super sweet. We are currently evaluating him as we ...
03/11/2020

Meet Clifford the big red dog! Clifford is a Golden Retriever and is super sweet. We are currently evaluating him as we get his training started. He is eager to learn and loves to please. #disabilitydogs #servicedogintraining #clifford #cliffordthebigreddog #goldenretriever

We love getting updates and pictures of our service dogs. This is Whiskey in his new home playing ball. It always makes ...
01/11/2020

We love getting updates and pictures of our service dogs. This is Whiskey in his new home playing ball. It always makes us happy to see our dogs loving their new life and changing peoples lives. #servicedog #disabilitydogs #whiskey #dogsplaying #tennisball

Just wrapped up a great community event. We were invited to a Trunk-or-Treat event to demo our service dogs and working ...
31/10/2020

Just wrapped up a great community event. We were invited to a Trunk-or-Treat event to demo our service dogs and working dogs. Xanax, Murphy, and the doodle puppies all got to represent Disability Dogs tonight. This is Xanax on the way home showing how happy he is. #servicedog #personalprotectiondog #servicedogintraining #disabilitydogs

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I want to provide you with an awesome story about how amazing we are. I will tell you instead how this all started. I’m Ashley, a permanently disabled veteran with a bucket-ton of health issues, and I train service dogs. I grew up working with working dogs of a types, helped out at the family vet clinic and found a passion for animals. After my time in the military I jumped into law enforcement. Between the two careers I sustained several injuries, many permanent and creating a need for assistance.

I was stubborn and refused to ask for help, the need for a partner to assist turned into a search for a service dog. I called a multitude of organizations, completed too many applications and earned a revered spot on a 3-5 year wait list. I reached out to every “dog trainer” that advertised service dogs and quickly learned a new car would cost less. I swore if I ever had the ability to bridge the gaps I would. So now I built an organization of specialized dog trainers. Each of us has committed to providing exceptional dogs (within their field of training) at no cost. We will gladly consider helping you train the dog you currently own, if it has the aptitude.

Not only do we offer service dogs, our training team is mobile and will schedule groups to help more in need, in the place they need. Please reach out to us if you would like to learn more about the dogs we offer and the services we provide. Every training plan and dog is tailored to meet the needs of our clients. Let us know how we can help you!

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I am happy to introduce you my dog wheelchair
Clifford is adapting very well my wife an I love him so much.Once again thank each an everyone at Disability dogs..😃😄🙂
I would like to thank each an everyone of you for my boy Clifford..
I spent years of trying to do what was best for my son. Tons of doctors and therapy sessions and it felt honestly like we were getting no where. I am so glad I found Disability Dog and Ashley is amazing to work with. Maya is just what he and my family needed. We just got Maya on Friday and our family was able to eat out twice without one of us having to leave earlier to help Brayden calm down. Having Maya there helped my 8 year old be able to make it through dinner at a sit down restaurant. Then when he went into meltdown mood today Maya helped us calm him down and what is usually an hour to 2 hour fit turned into only 30 mins. Way better then before. Who would have thought that one dog could help Brayden and the rest of us achieve a little more of a calmer lifestyle. That we all can enjoy. Can't wait to see Brayden achieve more in his life with his partner by him at all times. 🧩💙🧩💙🧩💙 Thanks again Ashley for everything! You have helped my family so much!
Hope to see a few posts n pics,when you hit the road..Have a blessed an safe trip.
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Xena on her first public trail. Lots of other dogs, she was fantastic. The harness allows her to pull me along the trail. Still working on "pull" and "no pull" but she's catching on. We have a private trail near us, so we've been practicing there, and this past week, we hit the public trails. Thank you Ashley, she's a wonderful companion, I feel blessed 🦮🐶🥰🥰🥰
Thank you Disability Dogs for placing Alpha Agustino with me 😇💙
Thanks for Reno! He’s amazing!
So excited, I submitted my application to Disability Dogs. This question is for anyone. What types of things should I be doing now? I do not have a dog, so will be praying for one of their's or a Service Dog from somewhere.
just wanted to thank everyone, even the ones i don't know behind the scenes for giving me some new hope, ACHON was brought to me this past saturday, and is such a great dog, he will help me getting out of my power wheelchair more, and help me het up when i fall so often, also give me confidence to get out of my house, thank you ALL and god bless each and every one of you
Maggie had been my tireless companion for many years, but after a severe seizure, I had to put her down last September. When I got her 11 years ago, I got her with the intent of training her as my Service Dog. At that time, I went looking for a Service Dog, and found that Combat Veterans get first choice, so to speak, and they deserve it, my disabilities aren’t from combat or IEDs. Otherwise, it was about a three plus year wait, and/or $2,000-$20,000 or more. Living on disability, that wasn’t an option. So, I went to the Humane Society in Longmont, found a 13-month-old Australian Cattle dog/Australian Shepherd mix. She was smart, but being disabled, it took time for me to train her. Four years later, I had a highly trained dog, that couldn’t pass the Public Access tests for a Service Dog. It was a heartbreaking realization after investing four years, knowing it doesn’t always work, doing it by yourself, even though you may do everything right. The dog may not have the proper aptitude. Those three things haven't changed a lot, but the Internet is starting to make a difference. A professional trainer can be your greatest asset, someone to help you determine if your dog can do it, or help find the right dog. Ashley Tomberg is the woman helping me now. Through a string of introductions and coincidence, she had a dog that she thought fit me. Ashley, based in Florida, had gone mobile, with an event in Sidney, Nebraska coming up. I had two weeks notice to make room for a new dog. She’s doing this for Veterans and First Responders. She is another Veteran reaching out to other Veterans and with hope, lowering that su***de rate of 22+/day. You've heard what it costs, in time or money, to train a dog, and she's doing this for other Veterans and First Responders besides me. It was a hard decision to go. After it became obvious Maggie wouldn’t be able to assist me in most public places, we adopted Gauge from a local flood victim. Gauge and Maggie were both Australian Shepherd mixes, born the same month and year. They became inseparable. After putting Maggie down, I vowed to let Gauge pass away before “replacing them.” Let him “age out” gracefully after being my best buddy for the last eleven years. But, how could I turn down the opportunity Ashley offered? I went to the Clinic, not knowing honestly what to expect, or what Ashley expected of me. I’m not new to dogs, nor training, but I was in shock that she would hand me a dog already trained in the basics, that I would just need to “finish” training her for my specific needs. At the Clinic, Ashley handed out at least four dogs to handlers like me. During the Clinic, we learned about the legal responsibilities of Service Dog ownership, and participated in a few different exercises to get us familiar with our dogs. The second day was limited to Veterans, so we could talk openly, and knowing, pretty much, everyone understood everyone else. I drove home Sunday evening in disbelief, and quite emotional. Between talking about common experiences, and enjoying the company of the dogs, I felt wrung out by the time I hit the road. With a two and a half hour drive home, I had plenty of time to meditate, and regain my composure before I arrived. The past 2 weeks had been hectic around our house, as we just had a sewer backup. Flooding, cleaning, disinfecting, and all the while, my wife, my caregiver, is recovering from rotator cuff surgery. I did walk away from Ashley’s Disability Dogs Clinic with my own Service Dog in Training. Ashley trained Xena to act appropriately for Public Access, really opening up a new world for me. During her first week with me, she went to two Doctor’s appointments, my wife’s Physical Therapy appointment, the pharmacy, and Wal-Mart for groceries and miscellaneous items. Xena never faltered, hesitated, nor showed signs of nervousness or fear. Among other things, I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. I’m supposed to walk at least a mile a day according to my doctors. Even that I struggle with at times, and as Maggie got older, I slowed down too. She was 11 years old when we lost her. Xena is 14 months old, so full of energy that I’ll either get in better shape, or die trying to keep up with her. Ashley said that during our initial interview, I joked, “Maggie had been my ‘Anal Wart,’” always with me, constantly letting me know she was there. Xena isn’t quite that attached to me yet, but she knows who Daddy is. She helps with my anxiety and depression, as it’s hard to be depressed when you own an energetic puppy. My doctor told me last month that my pre-diabetes is turning into diabetes, and gave me until mid-April to control it, or go on meds. While it was a jolt, I’ve been borderline for years and years, controlled by diet and exercise. So, did I say I have a 14-month-old dog/puppy? A trip to the local Dog Park now happens almost daily, and I am walking every day. Another week, and I’ll do my blood work again, and we’ll see how I’ve done. As time goes on, Xena learns what to do in unexpected situations, and our bond grows closer. Gauge accepted Xena as the newest member of our pack; Xena works hard at earning acceptance from the rest. Ashley’s insight into what I really needed, gave me a partner I will treasure over the next decade or more. So, what are my responsibilities now? Besides teaching Xena to meet my needs; just take care of her as I would any of our pets; recommend Ashley; ask folks to donate to Disability Dogs to enable Ashley to spread this type of gift to other Veterans and First Responders. There have only been a handful of people in my life, that have truly affected my life, and Ashley is one of those special people.
After a few rough weeks with quarantine, work, and unknowns. Jessica and I were discussing how to help the household with stress and anxiety. Addison opened up, and told us her stress and anxiety. We knew something had to be done, but weren't sure what.... until.... my military brother Shawn messaged about a service dog in need, and he had my attention immediately. Meet Hicup! We are blessed to have been connected to Ashley and Disability Dogs. I never thought my 2 year old son would walk a 100lb Rhodesian with confidence. God works in mysterious ways, and Ashley does amazing things with her dogs. This gentle giant will be loved and pampered for a long time. Thank you Disability Dogs! You have changed the lives of an entire family.
Couldn't be more grateful for our beautiful disability dog. Thank you Ashley. 💞
Xena playing in the mountains, 3-5 feet of snow!!
Rover Run Dog Park, Greeley Colorado, today