DogAbility Center for Canine-Assisted Activities - Located at: 153 South Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801

Education ~ Recreation ~ Socialization ~ Inspiration ~ Therapy ~ Comfort

  • DogAbility is an all-volunteer organization. We draw qualified therapy dogs and handlers from nationally recognized therapy dog organizations. These dogs then participate in the educational and recreational program provided for our human participants. Activities are designed for individuals and groups of children and families, seniors and adults with and without special needs. 
  • Engage with trained dogs who run through tunnels, go over jumps and onto platforms and even sniff out hidden treats where you hide them!
  • Play with young puppies!
  • Book a "Pooch Party" for your child's birthday!
  • Register for our "Reading to Dogs" program - builds confidence without judgment - professional instructors - ESL, dyslexia, reading delays
  • Register for "Doggie & Me" / Mommy & Me sessions with your preschooler!
  • Register for "Dog Talk" - canine education sessions that help families choose the right dog, prepare for a new puppy, or for kids and adults who simply love dogs. Learn about behavior, training and canine sports!
  • Register for Therapy Dog Preparation sessions - Our training sessions prepare you and your dog to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. You will be interacting in a therapy dog setting so that your dog can qualify as a therapy dog for DogAbility as well as visits to other facilities.

NEW sessions begin on July 1st. SPECIAL SUMMER HOURS and pricing - Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:30 and 1:00-2:00 on each day. If you have questions about volunteering or participating please email us at info.DogAbility@gmail.com

*** BOOK YOUR CHILD'S BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH US! We are taking reservations right now for June, July and August parties. Email us at Parties.DogAbility@gmail.com to find out more***

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We welcome puppies under 5 months old to visit with the kids for an hour on Sundays !

We refer to this activity as " Puppy Pals" where children spend time with puppies under supervision.

If you are interested in sharing your puppy with our kids , please contact: carol.dogability@gmail.com

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DogAbility is a ground breaking canine program for both kids and adults with and without special needs!

Some of our activities are inclusive and allow participants to share experiences while other activities are designed with a specific individual or group in mind.

AAA - Animal-assisted activities like DogAbility, provide opportunities for motivation, education, or recreation to enhance quality of life. Animal assisted activities are delivered in a variety of environments by specially trained professionals, paraprofessionals, or volunteers in association with animals that meet specific criteria.

DogAbility provides an interactive, canine-assisted activities program to a wide variety of children and adults. We typically have individuals register for sessions but we can also accomodate groups of 8 or more, as with scout groups or friends and family members who would enjoy some "Dog Time".

These individuals are paired with a skilled team of handlers, dogs and professionals in various areas of canine training and therapeutic experience.  We do this by combining fundamental elements of canine sports such as found in Agility, Rally O and Noseworks. We also offer activities like reading to dogs, a puppy play group, walks with dogs as well as quiet one-one-one visits.

We welcome volunteers from many areas as well as HS and College community service students and interns. Besides fulfilling their graduation requirements or perhaps a Mitzvah project, they may also benefit by a “hands on” experience at DogAbility that relate to social work, special education as well as behavior and dog training, and may inspire them as well as help build their resume for continuing education and employment opportunities.

In our DogAbility program we only use qualified dogs that are assisted by skilled handlers who have completed our handler education course. We also welcome pet families who would like to prepare their dogs for therapy work in DogAbility activities as well as in other settings.

Our dogs are registered THERAPY DOGS ~ they are not SERVICE DOGS ~ which means they DO NOT have public assess rights as is the case with Service Dogs. Service dogs are trained to perform specific tasks for a disabled person and must accompany that person everywhere in order for that person to function. Therapy dogs are pet dogs that are trained to have good manners and who visit with people who will benefit by their company for a little while and then they return home with their owner.

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IMPORTANT Definitions of therapy dogs and service/assistance dogs