(317) 991-5400

6256 La Pas Trail, Indianapolis, IN 46268, USA

Our Service Dogs

From rescue to service dogs

At Medical Mutts, we specialize in training Diabetes Alert Dogs, Seizure Alert Dogs, Seizure Response Dogs, Medical Alert Dogs, Psychiatric Service Dogs and more.

Our dogs are rescued

We save lives

Unlike most service dog organizations, our dogs come from shelters and rescues. We partner with local rescues and shelters to find the best dogs that have the qualities to become service dogs. Our service dogs look friendly, are very social and highly trainable.

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Science based curriculum

Our training is effective

Once in our program, the dogs go through our science-based curriculum before being placed with our clients. For 6-8 months, they are trained full-time by our dedicated staff. Under the supervision of Jennifer Cattet, Ph.D., internationally renowned trainer, behaviorist and scientist, the dogs learn over 30 different behaviors, from alerting to changes in the handler's condition, to pressing buttons to call for help, picking up objects, getting glucose tablets or a phone, helping with mobility, providing deep pressure, interrupting repetitive behaviors, etc.

Ethical training

Our methods are kind

Our training methods are ethical, kind to the animals and promote confidence, trust and a strong motivation to work. We don't use choke chains, prong collars or shock collars and consider such devices to be unnecessary and harmful to the dog and to the relationship. Instead, we apply positive reinforcement methods that encourage the dog to make decisions and take initiatives in times of crisis.

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If you're in need of a service dog, we'll make sure that you get the dog that best fits your needs. We have placed many different dogs, from 8-lb chihuahuas up to 70-lb labradors. Every person and situation is different and every dog is different, so we do our best to match the right dog with each one of our clients.

 

Our training facility is centrally based in Indianapolis IN, but we place service dogs nationwide. Once the service dog is trained according to your needs, we'll ask you to come to our facility for a week to learn how to work with your service dog before taking him/her home. In this way you and the service dog get to know each other in his/her environment, minimizing the stress of the transition on the dog. 

To facilitate a successful partnership between you and your dog, we'll teach you how to get your service dog to work for you, how to best provide for your service dog and how to maintain the behaviors he/she has been trained for. We'll follow up with you after you take the service dog home to make sure that everything is going well and we'll help you troubleshoot if you run into any hiccups. 

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Every penny counts

Be the difference. Your donation can help an abandoned dog find a new lease on life and a person with disabilities
gain autonomy and safety.

Get Involved

Volunteer

Change lives today. 
Our rescue dogs need caring fosters to help them learn house manners, basic training and recover from their trauma.

Our Mission

Helping dogs and people

Training rescue dogs as service dogs and promoting collaboration between dogs and people through science, education and ethical training.