THE GOAL OF MEMORY DOG IS TO EXTEND INDEPENDENCE AND AN IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.
What does the organization do?
Memory Dog evaluates, acquires and trains service, therapy and companion dogs to work with those with Alzheimer’s and others with dementia or similar challenges.
Where do the dogs come from?
We are committed to finding our dogs from local shelters, rescue organizations and similar sources. Our dogs are chosen based on their temperament and appropriate size for each specific client. These dogs need quality homes; our clients need helpful, loving companions. Our goal is to create this perfect partnership.
Where do the dogs live?
We provide dogs to clients in both private homes and supported living communities. Training is provided to family and caregivers in-home, and to clients and staff in senior living communities. Our dogs are trained using positive reinforcement techniques that are highly transferrable to the client and family or care giver. Client curriculum and follow-up services are provided to insure health, safety and continuing benefits to our clients as well as the health, safety and well-being of our dogs.
Sometimes, having a permanent dog on-site doesn‘t fit into the client’s living circumstances, so when appropriate, a Memory Dog instructor and dog will regularly visit the client at their senior community or home. Memory Dogs are trained to provide services in a variety of environments. They are happy to work with clients at independent living day programs, in assisted living or memory care senior communities.
Will My Dog Be Welcome Everywhere?
All Memory Dogs are trained to fit the individual needs or our clients. Some will become a qualified Service Dog with full legal public access, others Therapy or Companion dogs, who do not need such access.