KSDS has three programs providing canine assistance. The Guide Program provides guide dogs to individuals who are blind or visually impaired so they may travel safely by navigating sidewalks and streets, and avoiding obstacles. The Service Program provides highly-trained canines for people with physical disabilities to help with balancing, pulling wheelchairs, opening/closing doors and retrieving dropped items. The Social Program provides dogs trained to work with a professional in the field of education, counseling, medicine, rehabilitation, retirement or other specialty agencies. The dog works with the professional by facilitating the successful completion of specific goals. Many of our social teams work in public education. Through a social dog, children can learn about caring, self-control, respect, empathy, communication, motivation, self confidence, persistence, responsibility, sequencing and literacy. Rehab hospitals, doctors, hospices, nursing homes and retirement centers use social dogs to improve the overall health of people through improved morale, diminished depression and greater self-confidence. Staff provides one-on-one training for specialized needs and on-going support to all teams.