Hot paws, enhanced training, and much more!
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April, 2015
75 S. Montego Dr., Tucson AZ 85710    Phone: 520-326-3412
Congratulations New & Renewing Teams

Please join us in congratulating Eileen and Molly Sue for passing their Handi-Dogs Service Dog Team re-certification test. And to Sarah and Jameson (see story below) for passing their Handi-Dogs Service Dog Team certification test. 

Meet Our Newest Certified Service Dog Team

JamesonSo often we hear that a trained service dog has helped its person to overcome the isolation of their disabilities.  Jameson, a young female English Bulldog, has done that for Sarah.  

Sarah was unable to leave her home alone prior to training with Jameson. Jameson helps Sarah by guiding her away from stressful situations when she begins to have an anxiety attack. In addition, Jameson can tell when Sarah is in pain from nerve damage to her back and leg. On those occasions, Jameson makes Sarah sit down and can even guide her wheelchair.

Jameson’s presence also enables Sarah to be in the crowded public places that she previously avoided. Sarah now has the confidence to accomplish many activities outside of her home. 

Although known for their singled minded attitude, Bulldogs (according to the AKC) have a “kind, resolute, patient and friendly nature.”  As it turned out, Jameson has been “willing to learn everything!” Sarah has worked with Handi-Dogs' Training Instructors Rama, Mary Anne and Tom and credits them with teaching her how to “properly train my dog to maximize her potential.”

Please join us in congratulating Sarah and Jameson on recently passing their Handi-Dogs service dog certification test!


New Training Protocol
Treats for trainingOn May 3rd, Handi-Dogs will be implementing a new Service Dog Training Protocol. It will provide even greater customization for our students. We will no longer have four 10-week training sessions per year. One of the benefits of our new model is that new students and their dogs will be able to start training any time of the year.

All service dog teams (a team is a person and their dog), will be assigned a Primary Instructor.  All training of new skills / behaviors will be done in private lessons. Lessons will be at the Training Center, at the student's home, or in a public place such as a mall or park. 

Supplementing the private lessons, will be group lessons. Group lessons will focus on dog-to-dog and human socialization. They will also enable teams to practice what they learned in their private lessons in a group setting incorporating more distractions.  

The primary instructor and student will mutually agree on a training schedule that best fits their needs. Teams will progress at their own pace towards the ultimate goal of becoming a Handi-Dogs certified service dog team. Because a key to success is frequency of training, all teams will be required to attend a minimum of 3 lessons per month.

To learn more about our new Service Dog Training Protocol - click here.

Outdoor Living Fair & April Raffle

DIY at the Outdoor Living FairOutdoor Fair and Raffle 2Need ideas for your outdoor living space? Come to the Annual Outdoor Living Fair to see various hardscaping products, DIY demonstrations, meet contractors and more.

Plus, grab a quick lunch or snack and buy some raffle tickets - 100% of the proceeds benefit Handi-Dogs! We'll be grilling $2 hotdogs and hamburgers and $2.50 cheeseburgers, plus homemade baked goods and cold drinks will be on sale for $1.  

Raffle prizes are amazing. Win a 42" TV, a remote control airplane, an all-in-one computer, or many other items. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.  Buy at the fair or from Handi-Dogs by Friday 4/24. You don't need to be present to win.

The Outdoor Living Fair is on Saturday, April 25th from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. The location is: CABCO,      6030 S. Mann, Tucson 85756 (off of E. Valencia Rd.). Map It


Diabetes Management Seminar 

Diabetes Mgt SeminarAll are invited to our FREE Diabetes Management Seminar
co-sponsored with CareMore.

Date: Wednesday, May 13th
Time: 10:00 am - Noon
Place: Handi-Dogs, 75 S. Montego Dr., Tucson (Map It)

In this session you'll learn about Diabetic Alert Dogs and how the family dog may be trained to help manage a person's diabetes. 

Criss Coleman with CareMore will discuss what triggers glucose levels to go too low or high, what to do if it happens, and more.

RSVP: or call 520-326-3412.

People and Pet CPR Courses 
CPR CourseWill you know what to do in an emergency? Save A Life Foundation (a non-profit affiliated with the Tucson Fire Department) is offering People & Pet CPR Training courses at the Handi-Dogs Training Center.  In the 1 1/2 hour course, you'll learn how to do continuous chest compression CPR on people and how to perform CPR on dogs and cats.

Courses are from 6:30 - 8:00 pm on Tues. April 28th, or May 26th.

The cost is $20 per participant.  Note: this course is for people only. No dogs except for trained service dogs. 

For more information or to register contact Save A Life at 520-623-8484 or online at

WAG for Handi-Dogs

2015 WAG for Handi-DogsThank you to everyone who supported and came to WAG (Wine and Auction in the Garden) at the end of March. It was a wonderful afternoon of tasting fine wines, munching on appetizers, bidding on auction items, and mingling with others who share a common passion. We netted over $18,000 to support our programs. 

A special thank you to our hosts, Yvette Villamana and Joe Coon.  Service dog demonstrations by Marty Fulton with Luna, and Linda Moore with Aiden added a special touch to the afternoon. 

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Summer Heat = Hot Pavement
Queso in bootiesSummer is fast approaching and the desert temperatures are rising. Please remember to watch out for your dog's safety. 

Daily walks should be in the early morning or late evening. If you aren't sure if the ground is too hot, put your bare foot or hand on the pavement for 15 seconds. If its too hot for you, it is definitely too hot for your dog's paws.

If you have to take your dog with you when it is hot, train your dog to wear booties - like Queso's stylish blues ones. 

Per Banfield Pet Hospital, "Keep in mind that your dog’s paws may be more susceptible to hot materials after swimming. If you see any signs in your dog such as limping, not wanting to walk, a red or pink color change in the paw pads, licking or chewing at the feet, missing pieces of the pads or blisters, take your dog to see your veterinarian immediately."

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