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.
Willie, Puppy Sponsored by Mike Kitchens and Melissa Davis at four months.
Bella Sponsored by Al and Sue Czachowski
Sponsored by Bearden High School Navy JROTC Cadet Corp.
Sponsored by Alcoa's Tennessee Operations
Sponsored by General Federation of Women's Clubs - Tellico Village Chapter
Sponsored by Bob and Claire Manzo
Sponsored by Terry Scariot and John Kelly
FIRST ANNUAL SMOKY MOUNTAIN SERVICE DOGS ARMED FORCES DAY "FISHING FOR FREEDOM" BASS TOURNAMENT
- May 18th, 2013
2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Service Dogs 1 Mile Walk/5K Run - June 22nd
2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Service Dogs 1 Mile Walk/5K Run Has Been Rescheduled for June 22nd, same location. The event will be added to the Tellico Summer Solstice Run and the Tellico Spring Marathon.
"Friends", a Message From Our Dogs
Written by Mitch Townley specifically as Theme Song for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
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.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs now accepting Preliminary Applications.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs was honored to be invited to the Autism Camp at the Center for Courageous Kids, a clinical camp for children with debilitating and terminal illnesses. In attendance were thirty one autistic children and their families from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. Please check out their website link on our home page. Our beautiful service dog "Bella"was a big hit.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs greets our Korean War and WWII heroes upon their return from Washington on Honor Air Flight #13
Smoky Mountain Service Dog "Copper" meets 97 yr. young Sam Hardeman, WWII Veteran
Copper says "hello" to Major General "Max" Haston, Adjutant General, Military Department of Tennessee
In March, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported that 1 in every 50 school children suffer from autism. That is more than 1 million U.S. School Children.
In January of this year NBC News reports that for the first 11 months of 2012, 177 active duty military personnel took their own lives. That is more than the 176 combat related fatalities. Army suicides have increased 54% since 2007 when 115 took their own lives.
For the latest in Autism News please see this link: www.TheAutismNews.com
Did You Know?
Over 50 million Americans, ages 5-65 have physical or psychological disabilities.
22 military veterans commit suicide daily, 7,744 annually
1 in 50 American children suffer from austism
It takes approximately 2 years, between $20,000 to $25,000 and 1200 hours of training to place a service dog.