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RocDog.

“Community Working Dogs Helping People”

Joshua spending time with some Preschoolers

About Us

RocDog has just celebrated its third anniversary, and what an incredible journey it has been! We started as a humble local Therapy Dog Group, but over time, we have flourished into something far greater than we ever imagined. Our deep-rooted passion for helping people through the companionship of dogs has driven us to expand our mission beyond our initial scope.

Today, we proudly identify as providers of “Community Working Dogs,” a term that encapsulates the broad spectrum of our services. These remarkable dogs are dedicated to supporting everyone in our community. Whether they are Emotional Support Dogs, Therapy Dogs, or Service Dogs, each one is trained to bring comfort, assistance, and joy to those in need.

Every wagging tail and gentle nuzzle from our dogs symbolizes our commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of people around us. Our journey, filled with heartwarming moments and countless success stories, is a testament to the extraordinary bond between humans and dogs. We look forward to continuing this path, touching more lives, and spreading smiles wherever we go.

Interview for Rochester General Hospital:

FINAL RocDog, Inc Interview (youtube.com)

Check out the 55 Plus Article about RocDog:

November / December 2021 – 55 Plus Magazine for Rochester’s active adults (roc55.com)

Check out the 7th District Court news about RocDog:

Using therapy dogs to brighten spirits at the Rochester SAFE Court | WHAM (13wham.com)

Dogs help defendants find comfort in Rochester NY treatment court (democratandchronicle.com)

Nice Article about RocDog at SUNY Brockport:

Best friends with benefits – Canalside Chronicles

RRH Super Bowl 2024 Video (Jonah at the 1:04 mark):

Rochester Regional Health: Purpose, Vision & Values on Vimeo

WHAM 13 and the Redwings:

Rochester Red Wings host annual Intentional Walk for local charities (13wham.com)

Family

At RocDog we look at everyone involved in our efforts as Family. This goes way beyond people just volunteering their time. The goal is to bring people together that want to Serve and help people in our Community. Whether they have a Dog or not, we can all work together. Therapy Dogs offer a fantastic avenue to be able to bring people together from just about any background. The hope is that this group of people and dogs will come together to support each other as they serve.

The first step is to get the Handler and Dog trained and Certified as a Therapy Dog Team. The process is straight forward but requires some serious work for the Handler and the Dog. Once Certified the Team can become part of RocDog.

Training is an important part of working with the Volunteers and Dogs. Handlers need to understand that they are a big part of this effort. Words and actions can give great comfort. Many times, a Therapy Dog breaks the barrier within a session. Then Handlers can then spend time just communicating with people as they visit. We know that many people they serve feel isolated and lonely. As a Team, Handlers and Dogs move out into the Community serving in different locations. More experienced Teams may find themselves in more challenging places to serve.

Community

Community is where we Serve. RocDog is currently offering its Therapy Dog Services to people in need all around our communities. This is our Core, our Base, this is what we were meant to be. Helping people with our Dog’s in any place that has a need. We are open to Serve. We also have a desire is to help work through the disconnection we see between Law Enforcement and the Community. Law Enforcement needs our support. As these relationships build, RocDog goal is to assist in building bridges and mending broken relationships from the past.

They also see themselves working with different groups and businesses in the Community. For example:  Hospitals, Schools, Transitional Living Homes, Shelters, Nursing Homes, businesses, and any groups that could use the services.

Another possibility is to be able to provide special Dogs to people as a Therapy Dog or Service Dog. The process can be hard. First, they must find the right Dog as a puppy and spend time training the dog for this service. Then finding a match with someone in need. It will take special staff to implement this type of program. Also, another area to explore is the training of service dogs for people that have special needs. They understand that this is an idea that is down the road. These services will require highly trained people to work with these dogs and help placement with people. The list of people that can benefit from these types of dogs is long. For example: veterans that have come home with PTSD’s.

Special Projects:

RocDog has always had the desire to help people. We found that our Therapy Dogs provide such amazing support to Special Needs Families. Our work in the community has grown to become more than visits.

PAWS for Hearts Project has been designed to help get great rescue dogs into special needs homes to help give these families the amazing support that only comes from dogs.

PAWS for Hearts Project has three specific Programs to help people with special needs. These are:

  1. PAWS that Comfort: Emotional Support Dogs
  2. PAWS that Support: Therapy/Support Dogs
  3. PAWS that Serve: Psychiatric Service Dogs

To do this work we find dogs with the right temperament to Rescue and Train. Then we match these dogs to families in need.

Grants, Donations, and amazing Community partners are funding the majority of this effort. Families do pay a small fee to get their PAWS Dog. To date with the help of many Volunteers and Trainers we have been able to Rescue 20 dogs and put them on the path to a new life with their special needs families.

This labor of love is working and making an impact in our communities.

Please contact us to see how you can be part of this special effort.