A student with muscular dystrophy is  accompanied to school by her Deputy Dog.  Her dog carries her books.

Whether training a dog for assistance with in-home tasks, or a dog that helps you better function in mainstream society, a Deputy Dog can be your greatest asset,  as well as your best friend.



    Main Line Deputy Dog

        is committed to:


Improving the lives of people with physical or psychiatric disabilities.

Creating new and fulfilling lives for homeless dogs.

Building independence and self-   esteem through dog training.

Educating, ourselves and others,    about the human-dog relationship.

The respect, support and well-being of all people and all dogs.


Deputy Dog trainers work with you and your dog to create a relationship of mutual support through communication. It is a partnership.  Ours is a step-by-step program where you train your own dog with the help of expert dog behaviorists.  You will form an even more intimate relationship -- understanding each other and working together.


Main Line Deputy Dog pairs students with rescue dogs from area shelters.  We interview and test dogs to determine if we think they are well-suited for service work.  A dog you already own can also be considered, but it is important to know that he can not be both a family pet and a working dog.

We believe that gentle, positive methods are the only way to train your dog.  He will be much more inclined to work with you, and let you lead. Incentive and reward training builds  a stronger partnership faster.

  1. ARTICLE   "In Praise of Praise"

"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog.    Edward Hoagland                       

Sister Teresa Irene and Brigid recently received their full Deputy Dog certification!  Along with them, pictured are trainer Linda White, Executive Driector Mark Stieber and trainer Mary Remer.

Main Line Deputy Dog is an equal opportunity organization and does not unlawfully discriminate against volunteers, students, board members, associates, participants, or applicants for work on the basis of an individuals race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law. This policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of work participation, including recruitment, placement, assignment, compensation, promotion, discipline and termination.

Whenever possible, Main Line Deputy Dog makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by law. Associates who would like to request a reasonable accommodation should contact the Executive Director.