Service dogs fostered and trained at UMass Amherst

The dogs are typically placed in their new homes after 16-18 months

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Diggity Dogs Service Dogs Inc. is a non-profit that trains dogs to become service animals.

For the past two years, students at UMass Amherst have been working with them to foster service dogs as part of their course curriculum.

Lauren Rainaud, who trains service dogs, told 22News, “He’s my second dog, his name is Bentley. My first dog was Hayden and he graduated last October, he was amazing and I’m so proud of him.”

These dogs are trained to help with a variety of disorders including post-traumatic stress, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and autism.

The dogs are typically placed in their new homes after 16-18 months of rigorous training. This semester alone, nearly 30 dogs are being fostered and trained by students at UMass Amherst.