Each Smoky Mountain Service Dog puppy is hand selected by our trainers and the majority will come from reputable breeders. Appropriate shelter/rescue dogs may also be considered. The puppy is then placed in a qualified puppy raiser home where it is taught socialization skills, basic obedience and is given the chance to experience such activities as shopping, traveling, and other various outings. Trainers meet regularly with puppy raisers to reinforce basic skills and develop more advanced skills. Puppies are continually monitored and cared for by a local veterinarian and maintain a healthy diet as prescribed by the trainers.
Upon completion of basic training, the dogs will be carefully matched to a waiting recipient and begin specialized training to learn the needs of the individual that they will be paired with. When the trainer is confident that the dog is completely able to meet the needs of their companion, the individual and the dog will go through advanced training as a team prior to being placed in the home of the recipient. Appropriate follow up continues for the duration of time that the dog is in service.
Sponsored by The Aslan Foundation, Knoxville
Sponsored by Vanquish Worldwide
Sponsored by Tellico Village Ladies Golf
Sponsored by Bill and Sherry Ailor
Sponsored by Isotek Systems
Sponsored by ATT Pioneers
In HONOR of Spec. John Hargreaves
Sponsored by Victory Baptist Church in memory of Brandon Helpingstine and his dog Ice.
Sponsored by Barbara Darce
SMSD has been awarded Gold Star Accreditation by Assistance Dogs International. This validates that the facilities and operation of the SMSD program meets or exceeds ADI standards.
Congratulations to recent graduates US Army and Vietnam veteran Ike Weaver and SMSD "Nitro" and US Air Force and Special Operations veteran Daniel Belcher with SMSD "Stryker"
A Salute to Air Force Veteran Billy Marshall and his SMSD "Lucy"
"Friends", a Message From Our Dogs
Written by Mitch Townley specifically as Theme Song for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
US Army Veteran Kevin Jankoski with "Blitz", his SMSD mobility assistance dog. Graduated Oct. 16th
Marine Veteran SGT. Bradley Walker with "Bella", his SMSD mobility assistance dog.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs "Tribute to Our Military"
Each Smoky Mountain Service Dog puppy is hand selected by our trainers and the majority will come from reputable breeders. Appropriate shelter/rescue dogs may also be considered.
Volunteer Dennis Tissot Training Bella and Blitz
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs now accepting Preliminary Applications.
Did You Know?
Over 50 million Americans, ages 5-65 have physical or psychological disabilities.
22 military veterans commit suicide daily, 7,744 annually
It takes approximately 2 years, between $20,000 to $25,000 and 1200 hours of training to place a service dog.