Our service dogs are Labrador Retrievers which are bred through the SDWR organization, as well as several licensed breeders in Virginia and beyond.
When selecting puppies, a proven scent ability is our top priority in determining a puppy’s potential as a service dog. The temperament of our dogs is also a crucial factor in our selection. To guarantee capabilities as service dogs, our puppies are temperament and scent tested as young as seven weeks of age. The SDWR assessment individually evaluates each and every Labrador Retriever so that they are perfectly matched with his or her ideal family.
Our extensive training and and strict guidelines ensure that every dog has the ability to fulfill his or her duty as an alert dog as well as a Diabetes care taker. In addition, required health clearances for all SDWR dogs include:
- Exercise Intolerance Collapse (EIC) clearances
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) all rated excellent to good
- Optigen Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) certified
- Centro Nuclear Myopathy (CNM)
Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers pioneered and instituted the most long-term, comprehensive training and education programs for service dogs and is the only service dog organization to have partnered with University of Virginia for research about the effects service dogs have on a patient with Type 1 diabetes.
Our Unique Training Program
Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers’ offers a one-of-a-kind training program to ensure that maximum alert competencies in the dog are achieved.
Because SDWR service dogs are placed for ten years of service, SDWR tests for pups that are able to achieve maximum alert and response ability, that have appropriate stock and build, that have a reliable, even temperament and ample service characteristics, as well as excellent memory performance. Once placed into the homes of families in need, trainers return to visit placement families every 90 days (for two to three days at a time) over a two-year continued training period. This provides the service dog and family with consistent support for improved alerting, signaling, fetching, companionship and communication. Without ongoing dog and family training, the family can forget or confuse signals or not realize that the dog will forget signals, too. It’s for those reasons we visit our families and maintain services as often as we do.
SDWR provides service dogs globally – North America and abroad.
SDWR Training Facilities
Lifetime Health & Performance Guarantee
SDWR believes in providing fair opportunities to those who trust in our mission and invest in our service dogs. In the case that your service dog does not fulfill his or her capabilities, we offer a performance guarantee.
We do ask that if your Diabetic Alert Dog is not living up to his or her performance standards, you check that the following requirements are being met to ensure your service dog’s maximum performance:
- Thoroughly follow our program guidelines
- Submit weekly alert logs/progression reports during your training period
- Continuously communicate on a weekly basis during the training period with our training staff
- Allow training visitations to occur as scheduled by the organization
- Do not allow your pledge agreement to become delinquent
- Do not miss more than one consecutive training visit
- Allow SDWR full access to all veterinarian records
- No contrary actions of the SDWR organization or staff members
- Comply completely with our terms
- Clients must fully complete the SDWR training program
If the dog does not perform, and we can not make it perform, we will provide a replacement after evaluations through our organization. No risk. It’s simple.