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Our Dogs

Rescue Dogs


SSDI operates as a non-profit rescue and we specialize in rescuing, rehabilitating, and training large breed dogs. We look for dogs with the drive to work that are eager to please, regardless of their previous background and subjective characteristics.

We find our rescue dogs to be the hardest working and most loyal. By giving our dogs a job that matches their own drive, they are motivated to progress through our training program and be successful after graduation.


We work alongside local animal services centers to rescue dogs unsuitable for general adoption due to their work drive, we evaluate surrender cases, and we directly rescue others in need.​​​​

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Tiberius on his drive home from the shelter


Before any person or animal is to be expected to help anyone else, they must first be happy, free of worry, and have all of their needs met. All of our Academy Trained dogs are rescued and we recommend that our Owner Training clients rescue their prospect dogs. The rehabilitation process consists of creating individualized nutrition, veterinary, and exercise regimens. 

Save Lives

By mitigating our clients' disabilities 

and allowing them to live more fulfilled lives, our dogs provide independence which allows for more realized opportunities.​​​

We give dogs a second chance at life by rescuing all academy dogs and recommending that our Owner Trainers rescue their canine candidates too. 


All of our dogs have health 

insurance plans to assist in rehabilitation and readjustment of dogs recovering from illness or injury in order to allow them to succeed in our training program.

We change the lives of the dogs in our program by giving them a clearly-defined purpose. We teach them as individuals and create a strong communication and bond between themselves and their handler. We meet their needs mentally, physically, emotionally, and medically while providing them with a predictable and stable environment that allows them to progress successfully through our program.

Change Lives

We find, raise, and train Academy Dogs to those who cannot be a direct part of the training process.


We provide expertise to guide 

Owner Trainers through finding a prospect and completing our program. 


By placing and training our dogs, we are giving clients the chance to re integrate themselves into society.

Improve Lives

We strive to improve the lives of our clients by providing individualized task training to benefit each client's specific needs. We take great care in matching each handler-canine team by evaluating the dog and handler's personalities, motivators, communication

styles, as well as physical parameters.