Our Service Dogs

How SDWR Acquires Dogs

The dogs we train and place with clients are full-bred Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers (black, yellow & chocolate) which are bred by our organization. We also use doodles on a required medical necessity which will be validated by our organization with the recipients doctor. In addition to our private breeding, we work with several licensed breeders in Virginia, as well as further afield, to obtain puppies that are best suited to service dog careers. These acquisitions are at the discretion of our organization.
Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers has built a solid reputation as a world-class breeder of high quality Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers. Their exceptional breeding program results in dogs with proven scent ability. Service Dogs by Warren Retriever dogs are used world-wide in scent-based programs, including drug and bomb detection and most recently in the Diabetic Alert Dog program.

About Our Service Dogs

All Service Dogs by Warren Retriever dogs are constantly evaluated for the right temperament and placed in volunteer home environments to be raised for 9-18 months. This assessment and extended training time ensures that the right dog is matched with the right family. It is vital that the puppy selected for service dog work not only have the “right nose” but the right temperament. From 7 weeks of age to placement at 1-2 years of age with the recipient family, SDWR dogs receive obedience training and develop the necessary foundation to work as service dogs. Upon placement, SDWR service dogs then receive custom training based on family and individual needs. This process provides each SDWR dog with a nurturing environment that helps lay the groundwork for an exceptional service dog.
At this time, we do not train “non-SDWR” dogs (such as pets) to become service dogs, nor do we conduct private training classes at SDWR.

Health clearances for all dogs that go through our organization include:

  • Centro Nuclear Myopathy (CNM)
  • PennHIP
  • Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) all rated excellent to good
  • Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) certified
  • Optigen Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Exercise Intolerance Collapse (EIC) clearances

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