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.

IDEA Service Dogs is located within the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Our service area is that within approximately a 45-minute drive from central Keller, Texas zip code 76248, which is primarily Tarrant, Denton and Dallas counties. Our students must be able to attend regular classes and field trips.

IDEA Service Dogs is a 501(c)3 federal non-profit and Texas public charity. Because we are an all-volunteer organization, our fees are very low.

Over Ten Years In North Texas

IDEA Service Dogs has assisted persons with disabilities realize their dream of having a service dog since 2010. We are proud to have earned the “Gold GuideStar Seal of Transparency” and to have participated in the Communities Foundation of Texas “North Texas Giving Day” since 2015.

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 for assistance and seizure response. If you need a dog trained for tasks outside of this scope or for a child under age 18, please contact us for a possible referral to another 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 event response
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