About Us

We were founded in 2003 by Annie Varnadore, as a training program for
Small Service Dogs

Priscilla on the Job.
Individuals with Disabilities who are accompanied by Service Dogs have public access rights under the ADA law to enter public property with their Service Dog. Therapy Dogs do not fall under ADA public access rights. A Therapy Dog is one that meets the needs of others, such as visiting nursing homes, hospitals, reading groups, etc. A dog that is trained to perform tasks that mitigate its handler's disability is a Service Dog.

It is illegal to label your dog as a Service Dog if you are not disabled.  The ADA defines a Service Animal any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If they meet this definition, animals are considered service animals under the ADA regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government. A service animal is not a pet. 

A myth that ought to be challenged is the belief on the part of some that service dogs are only for the most severely impaired or end stage of a degenerative disease like MS. Someone who is considered much more moderately disabled, struggling with the difficulties of living alone, maintaining a job or raising a family could find teamwork with a highly trained service dog to be of enormous benefit in achieving the goal of remaining as self sufficient as
Priscilla Resting.
Hide and go seek anyone?
possible. A number of tasks preformed by one of these Mini Service Animals could empower such individuals to conserve energy, reduce or avoid pain, minimize dependency on loved ones, prevent injuries or get help in a crisis. 

These tiny service dogs can learn a number of helpful tasks to assist their partner to cope during a sudden flare up of symptoms, medication side effects, or in a situation requiring outside help.  Often people who might be intimidated by a large breed service animal find the Mini's less threatening and easier to be around.  They require less room, in public spaces.  Priscilla sits on my lap when we eat out, and most people do not even realize that she is there. 

If you do not need a service animal for assistance with mobility, then consider training a Service Animal Mini.  If you have a small breed and desire formal training to help with your disability or just want your dog to behave in public this program willl be a great benefit to you.   Thank you for taking the time to visit our site. Ready to buy?  Find out more now.