Apply for a Dog

Our expertly trained autism service dogs offer safety and freedom to families. A BluePath service dog’s primary role is to provide safety for a child out in public. The dogs are trained to prevent a child from bolting, either into the street or away from parents in a crowded area. They also provide children with much needed companionship, increased social acknowledgment from peers, opportunities for independence and increased levels of confidence. 

“Our son’s autism service dog has been an incredible addition to our family. She has brought us an additional sense of safety and comfort and her impact on our lives goes way beyond anything we ever could have imagined. She has encouraged his language, taught him to overcome fears, and been a faithful companion no matter the circumstance. Our organically happy, affectionate, kind, compassionate, life-loving little man has only blossomed with his dog by his side.” 

Families that apply for an autism service dog must meet all of the following criteria:

  • The child must be between the ages of 3 & 11 years old.

  • The child must have an autism diagnosis.

  • The child must live within a two-hour drive of our offices in Hopewell Junction, NY.

  • The child must need the dog for safety.

  • Everyone in the home must be supportive of having a service dog and no one can be allergic to dogs. 

  • The family must understand that an autism service dog is a serious commitment requiring diligence and practice. 

  • One or both parents must be able to travel to our location and stay in a hotel for five days of training with your new dog. During this period, you will be certified as a handler for a BluePath autism service dog. 

Please print and mail the application below if your family meets all the criteria and if you feel that the benefit to you and your child will outweigh the care, financial commitment, time and on-going training an autism service dog requires.

Application for a BluePath dog