Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers has an amazing team put together to make everything possible.
Dan Warren Founder and President of Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers. Dan Warren is a native Virginian and has a tremendous passion for dogs. After serving our country as a Marine where he worked and trained dogs, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It is through his own diagnoses that he decided to train retrievers to give back a quality of life for people with invisible disabilities.
He then created our non-profit organization, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers (formally known as Guardian Angel Service Dogs). He believes that individuals, who struggle with invisible disabilities often will benefit from having a canine companion in their lives to enhance quality of life, provide hope, independence and peace of mind. It is Dan’s personal goal to bring hope and peace until a cure is found for these disabilities and does believe until there is a cure – there is a dog.
Cheryl joined Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers in June of 2012. She came to us from JDRF and was the Outreach Manager in Upstate New York. She has an extensive background in Marketing & Finance and spent most of her career working for banks.
“I came to SDWR to make a difference in lives of anyone who has an invisible disability and hope to bring peace and a better quality of life”.
Eventually Cheryl will be moving to Virginia to continue to grow our administrative team but for now she works from home and travels to our clients.
Master Trainer: Cheri Campbell
Cheri’s experience includings being a Trainer of Narcotic Detection Dogs for 5 years. She has been training Diabetic Alert Dogs for 3 1/2 Years.
I love training dogs and wanted to use my ability to help others in need. SDWR does many things that other programs do not. We use puppies, and start the training early. We do not discriminate against age, location or amount of money an individual makes. We do not require all money up front before getting a dog, you have almost 3 years from the time the deposit is placed to pay for your dog. We come to each family and deliver the dogs, they do not travel to use. We travel to the family for the next 2 years to continue the next phases of our program. Our families have constant contact with a trainer, as they need it.
Trainer: Phil Farris
Phil has been a trainer for over eight years. Phil’s father, grandfather and grandmother were diabetics, so he is familiar with invisible disabilities.
He was the District Trainer in Tidewater for PetSmart for 6 years. Phil trained and evaluated other trainers.
Phil was introduced to Warren Retrievers through one of our families. Little did he know Riley-Anne was only the first Warren Retriever he would meet.
“I love making life easier for those with Diabetes through training D.A.D.s and their families. All of the staff is very knowledgeable. Trainers make visits to further training of dogs every 90 days and are not relegated to distance. There is no age limit to receive one of our dogs as with most other organizations. Constant contact is kept with our dog owners to ensure they have the assistance they need. Our dogs are guaranteed for 10 years. Great care is taken to make sure our clients receive a healthy dog. There isn’t an organization that cares more about our clients than we do.”
Trainer: Phoebe Bault
Phoebe is an AKC CGC test evaluator, has experience working with police canines and SAR canines. As well as different training with service dogs and training experience with various breeds (from Chihuahua to Anatolian Shepard).
Phoebe has 6 Years of Training Experience.
I enjoy training Service Dogs. Each dog is different and we need to approach them differently based on what will work the best for them. I can’t say what is the best training tool SDWR uses because we customize based on families and dogs. I love the fact that we place service dogs at their early ages to create the bonding with their person. Without bonding and good connection with a dog, the service dog program wouldn’t be successful.
Additional Team Members that help us grow:
Shipping Manager – Jake
Administrator – Lorrie
IT Administrator – Percella