Danes come to ECAD
These puppies have been specially bred for our Veteran's program, Project Heal®
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East Coast Assistance Dogs has been receiving more and more requests from returning military men and women in need of a Service Dog for balance work. We have found that our typical Labs and Goldens are just too short to help men over six feet tall. Also, because of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder some soldiers want a dog that will make them feel safe in public. That's where the Great Danes come in.
In September of 2009, Service Dog Project in Massachusetts donated three year old Bella Shea, a Great Dane, to us. Service Dog Project only uses Danes and the founder, Charlene White, has over 20 years experience breeding and raising Danes.
Bella, a black Great Dane, was bred with ECAD stud dog Russell, a yellow Lab/Golden Retriever mix. Russell has produced several litters for ECAD in which 80% of his puppies make Service Dogs.
Congrats to Russell and Bella who delivered nine healthy black puppies on July 20th and July 21st! Since this is an experimental breeding program to learn if Dane/Lab/Golden mix could make a suitable Service Dog, ECAD will not be keeping all the pups. In order to learn this as objectively as possible ECAD will only keep two pups with the rest of them being donated to other Service Dog programs that have agreed to accept the pups, train them to be Service Dogs, and place them when they're two years old. They will also be reporting on the dogs' trainability, health and temperament as they grow up and mature.