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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Training, Animals

Mission: Glad Wags Inc. Glad Wags Inc. is a non-profit arm of Marj the Dog Trainer Dog Obedience School. Glad Wags trains Service Dogs for clients with PTSD, Autism, Narcolepsy, Diabetes and other medical conditions, as well as training them as Hearing Dogs, Medical Alert Dogs, and Level 5 Service Dogs for wheelchair bound clientele. Additionally, Glad Wags has a large working Therapy Dog group that routinely visits various facilities in Tulsa and surrounding area. Glad Wags selects dogs to train as service dogs from local animal shelters and rescue groups, and we are very proud of the fact that dogs that have been thrown away by someone now become someone else’s way to independence!

Target demographics: individuals who need service dogs (including those who have developmental disabilities, autism, PTSD, etc)

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 individuals

Geographic areas served: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Programs: Service Dogs

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Glad Wags has truly changed my life. Before I got my service dog Rowan from them, my life was hell. My disability doesn’t hold me back anymore, all thanks to Rowan and the great not profit I got him from.❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our service dog from GladWags is fantastic. Our daughter benefits tremendously from from the dog. GladWags training, help and support is wonderful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program helped my daughter get and train a dog to help with Tourette’s. They are professional and very helpful

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Service dog from GladWags is amazing and is such a blessing to our daughter. Training is wonderful and they are there to answer questions and give guidance all the time. GladWags is Amazing

Client Served

Rating: 5

Glad wags service dogs has been absolutely amazing. Currently my dog Penelope is in training to be a facility dog. Marj is great with her and you can tell she really cares about the clients and their dogs. Penelope has come a long way in the last 6 months with the help of glad wags. I highly recommend them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my service dog home a few months ago and wow has he made such a difference, not to mention how well he’s trained. Marj made the training process easy and was very responsive to any of our questions, before and after our service dog was delivered. I hope that anyone looking for a program to train their service dog looks into Glad Wags as they have made such a big difference in my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization. I have a service dog from Marj and she’s great!

Client Served

Rating: 5

You wont go wrong with Glad Wags. Marj, the owner/master dog trainer is one of the few that is knowledgeable and works with all breeds of dogs, full blood or from a shelter. She is very dedicated and passionate about what she does and refuses to give up on you OR your dog. You and your new family member can take individual or group classes from puppy 101 to advance obedience. She does a lot of work with service dogs and it is in this area where she gave me my independence back. I can’t thank her enough and will always be grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only did I depend on Marj to train me the perfect dog, but I also depended on her to traine ME for my dog. I could not have asked for more. She is very knowledgeable in what she does.
T. Tinsley (and JoJo)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Marj does an amazing job in training all kinds of dogs. she has 50+ years of dedicated service to animals. She not only does obedience training, but training of service dogs and therapy dogs. Her work really is incredible!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known Marj at Glad Wags for many years and I attended her classes for dog training of my puggle Daphne, who came on leaps and bounds under her direction. More importantly, I have witnessed the selfless work Marj has done over the years to save dogs from the pound and train them as service dogs for needy people. Marj has a true calling in what she does and always puts her animals and her clients before herself. She will drop everything and do whatever needs doing to help someone in need, and regularly goes without herself so that others do not. Marj has been doing this work for over 50 years and I have seen the dogs that she trains literally save peoples lives by enabling them to live and contribute to society in a meaningful way. I cannot recommend Glad Wags more as a genuinely deserving and worthwhile charity.

Emily S.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Marj trained a dog for me that can actually smell my seizures. She is pretty strict with the dogs but loves them more than anything. I am proud to say that my dog is my best friend and I could never have afforded him if I went to some competitive, overpriced training program. Marj took a dog she saw potential in and gave me my life back.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a dog with anxiety and overly protective behaviors. I’ve tried shock collars, chock collars, citronella sprays, and muzzles to curb his behavior with minimal success.

I brought my dog to Marj after learning about her through his Tulsa daycare. After meeting my dog, Marj introduced me to the concept of “taking things off his resume” and addressing the root cause rather than imposing reactive punishment. I’ve been taking my dog to Marj’s class for almost a year, and my dog has made more progress than we made in the previous three years combined.

There is no one I trust more with my dog than Marj.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a client of Marj Satterfield since the 1980's. I have taken dogs to her obedience classes and learned invaluable information on training and caring for them. I've come to rely on her for referrals to veterinary professionals and individual guidance on addressing my pets' behavioral issues. Two of my "best" pets were purebred rescue dogs provided to me -at no cost! - by Marj based on evaluation of my needs and character as well as theirs. After taking them through her classes they were both extremely well-behaved and their passing years later saddened many friends as well as family.
This week I called on Marj again for consultation on behavioral issues involving a shelter dog I adopted some time ago. Again she was more than willing to advise me - again at no cost - on addressing my concerns. Her practical advice considered the dog's history, breed, home and recent actions. The dog has been through hundreds of hours of professional training during the past two years, yet Marj recommended and explained sensible techniques we'd never heard of that we have confidence will prevent and resolve future problems. As I told her today, I have greater confidence in her than in any other professional I know.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I brought my dog to GladWags to trained as a service dog to assist me with deficits due to MS. I have found the GladWags trainers to be exceptionally professional, proficient, knowledgeable, patient, available and compassionate in the care and training of service dogs. Marj is readily available to answer questions or give advice any time one contacts her. Without my service dog, I would be unable to leave my home without another family member, find myself in dangerous situations and have a much lower quality of life. I would highly recommend GladWags to anyone and everyone who either wants to obtain a trained service dog or train a service dog. Thanks so much Marj and GlagWags for giving me my freedom back.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited Glad Wags a few times with my sister. It was great to see the variety of dogs and that they will train dogs that are older. There wasn’t an unhappy dog or owner in the place!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization!! Very knowledgeable trainer, Marj!! Treat training, NEVER using e-collars (shock collars). Very kind and informative as to teach ME the proper way to handle and get maximum ability from my dog.
Always willing to help with fundraisers to assist individuals who need assistance paying for their service dog. Funds raised help pay for the feed, veterinary care, and scholarships for training.
I salute, GLAD WAGS SERVICE DOGS and Marj for your selfless giving and assistance!! Thank you for the best service dog ever!! I wouldn't take a million dollars for my Elvis!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I found Glad Wags Service Dogs through my love of animals and therapy dogs. I was interested in training my own therapy dog. When I first learned of them i joined their Therapy Dog Team and as time went on was introduced to the Service Dog program and blessed to have been able to assist in various fundraising efforts. I have been blessed to be able to donate either monetarily or via items that could be used.

Marj and her volunteers put the animals first - always and sometimes Marj has gone without personally in order to help others. Marj keeps service dogs affordable for those that truly need them - rather than trying to profit from someone else's unfortunate circumstances.

It is my honor to be able to assist Glad Wags Service Dogs and through that ability to truly help those in need (both by saving shelter dogs an the people that need them).

Client Served

Rating: 5

Marj is fantastic and is so helpful with training service dogs, even going out of her way for follow up training and practice. Without Glad Wags, our lives would have been drastically different. We were so grateful to find an affordable place for service dog training, especially run by someone who cares so much about her clients and her dogs

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have two diabetic alert dogs from Glad Wags. Both of them started out as rescue/shelter dogs before going through training at Glad Wags. They have literally been life savers on multiple occasions since I can no longer tell when my blood sugar is going low or high. I can honestly say that I would not be here today without them (they literally put the "rescue" in rescue dogs!). Marj and her trainers do an excellent job training and caring for all their service dogs in training, and I love that they primarily use dogs from kill shelters, which not only gives these dogs a second chance at life, but also raises awareness for these often forgotten animals and how amazing they can be as companions.

Jil Janine Hellmann R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So very grateful to have found Glad Wags and Marj the dog trainer. Our son’s service dog has given us back independence and improved his quality of life so much.
Highly recommend Glad Wags because of the personal attention and their care for individuals and dogs.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Glad wags is a good way to get a Service Dog for People with all kinds of Disability issues, they help out my daughter when she was going through her disability and she has had her dog for over 8 yrs now he does everything for her?

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with this non profit is.. just about the only way I was able to graduate highschool, without the help from gladwags.. I'm sure I would have had to skip graduation or even drop out if it wasnt for gladwags.
I have what used to be called "asperger's syndrome" but is now referred to as Autism Spectrum disorder, school was hard on me. I was told to act normal and disregard myself.
This all changed once I started to look up the benefits of service dogs.. by then I looked at so many different programs, some wanted up to 30k and.. would only place dogs with kids with autism.
I then found gladwags. We first chatted on the phone and me being a bit mute at times, my grandpa set up our first meet. We were open to a poodley doodley creature with low/no sheading. Fast forward about 3? Months later. We went to the training facility and were surprised that she had this beautiful poodle in the back, she brought him out to me and he immediately alerted to an oncoming melt down/panic attack and we spent weeks going up to class to see him. When the day came that I was able to take him home for the first day, I was(and still am) so thankful for him. He and I sat in my room, by my bed and we watched the Simpsons together. Months onward we kept him home! Still going to class each week to work on task work and getting ready for public access.
Today? As of October 31st 2018, hes still my right hand man, and believe me. I wouldnt trade him for anything that this earth has to offer.
This non profit is.. not only one to help those with disabilities,but to be able to help coach a family and even become family with the parcipients.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where do I begin , since going to her (marj) she’s been able to give me back my freedom and helped me become more independent. Without her help I wouldn’t be where I am today she’s a lifesaver since having my service dog I’ve been able to graduate highshool and complete my second year at collage. I’m also currently working for her and learn something new and interesting everyday

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello!

Like many of our volunteers I found Glad Wags Service Dogs through obedience dog training with my now 15 year old golden retriever / Samoyed Mix. After we passed the basic training - I learned about Glad Wags and it's Mission "Save a Life, Change a Life" and the organization's commitment to train AFFORDABLE service dogs for folks with different conditions (whether it be anxiety, seizure, diabetes, etc.).

I became involved with the Therapy Dog group and then after my mother passed in 2013 became much more active and the group became like a second family to me.

I have had the honor of meeting many of the clients we've helped and have seen the difference (first hand) a service dog has made in a client's life.

Having had mostly rescue dogs or dogs that have adopted me over my life - I LOVE the fact that we are able to rescue unwanted dogs and give them a new purpose in life and I thoroughly enjoy the walk with a rescued dog in it's discovery of it's new purposeful life. They are so happy to learn and discover themselves and build confidence in themselves. It's amazing to see it work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Glad Wags through regular dog training classes and was immediately drawn to the mission of training service and therapy dogs . At first I simply volunteered my time by going on therapy dog visits and helping with things as I could.

About April 2017 - I began having more trouble with my blood sugar and was blessed to be able to get a diabetic service dog to alert me when it would drop suddenly.

The Master Trainer knows her stuff, always answers the phone (and if she doesn't she calls me back as soon as she can) and is supportive in the ongoing training / handling of my service dog.

Most service dog organizations have a waiting list - but Glad Wags usually does not - simply b/c they rescue dogs from high kill shelters and give them a new purpose. (another reason they are such a great charity.) All of the dogs are tested and trained and socialized.

This group has changed my life!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I could not be functional in public or at home anywhere close to what I am without Marj, GladWags and the other people in training with me. The support from Marj and the whole program changed my future. To go from the struggles, blocks, discouragement and frustration in society as well as with family and friends after developing a disability to finding myself surrounded by total acceptance, belief in my abilities to grow, and encouragement despite all of the challenges, continues to provide hope.
I had been exposed to a different service dog training program years ago and the negative, exclusive atmosphere of that kept me from trying to get my own service dog for a long time. Then I met a lady and her dog from Glad Wags. She was very encouraging and when I spoke to Marj I had confidence to check out Glad Wags. It was the opposite of what I had seen before.
Knowledge of being supported by and included with good people and amazing animals pushes me forward daily with my dog as my security and independance.
There are no words for the difference it gives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Glad Wags helped me to be able to get a service dog for my son. Every place I called had never heard of Hemophilia, so they would not help with a service dog. Marj has helped our lives tremendously!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have witnessed first hand what a wonderful company Glad Wags has been and the great work they have been doing for years. I have seen people who had no idea what to do be transformed by the work and the dogs that Glad Wags have done. I will continue to watch to see the blossoming of the people blessed by the dogs provided by Glad Wags.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Onyx Gonzalez. My struggle in life began early. At the age of 13 I attempted to commit suicide and was admitted to a psychiatric ward. I was diagnosed at that time with depression and extreme social anxiety. Since then I have have been on many, many, many medications. At one point I was taking up to 15 pills in one day. I have recently been diagnosed with PTSD from the abuse I experienced as a child. A trusted group of professionals are still trying to figure out my diagnosis to this day, there is a strong chance I have BPD. I have and do continue to struggle immensely with my various physical and mental conditions. I experience dissociation, panic attacks, fainting spells, chronic pain, severe anxiety and depressive spells among other things. At around the age of 14 I began to let my illnesses define who I was. I didn't want to leave my house. I isolated myself and shut out those around me. I gave up all hope in getting better. I didn't set goals in life because I didn't expect to live long enough to accomplish them. This all changed abruptly when I was 16. I met Marjorie Satterfield with Glad Wags dog training. She took me in under her wing and helped me. I never thought I would qualify for a service dog. Paying for a service dog wasn't something that would ever be possible through other places. Marj worked with me and my family to make it happen. Marj introduced me to a blue heeler named Kayla and it was love at first sight. I went to all 3 classes on mondays and tuesdays and just watched Marj train. Kayla can sense whenever I am going to have a panic attack or pass out. She does many tasks to help assist me with daily tasks that are easy for most people but difficult due to my disability. I began working for Marj in 2017 after many places turned me away due to my disability and service dog. Since then my life has drastically improved. Marj has been like a mother to me and I will never been able to thank her for what she has done for me and how she has changed my life. Marj has changed the life of so many people. ¨Save a life, Change a life¨ #GladWagsStrong

Swanmom2017

Client Served

Rating: 5

Marj is an awesome trainer. She has helped train my service dog who is now 8 years old. Before Marj, I was going down the wrong way with Sassy; however, Marj turned her around and helped me have a good service dog. Those who have tried and continued to work, often have had great experiences. Those who did not comply with the request, do not excel. One must be willing to do what is necessary to excel. Just like any other training program or even when in school, you must be willing to do what it takes to make the passing grade. Before Marj came along, my dog was on the course of not making it as a service dog. Since, Marj has trained my service dog, my service dog has become the lifesaver of my life. To use the disabilities as an excuse is no excuse, as everyone who needs a service dog has disabilities, My service dog has saved my life six times, allowed me to take on a part-time teaching position, allowed me to get on public transportation, and allows me to live! I have severe disabilities, but my Marj trained service dog has given me the independence I needed. The students love my service dog, and without my service dog I cant do anything. Over 95 percent of the clients in Glad Wags are happy with their dogs, but a few who did not want to work did not get what they wanted. Shame on you for not putting forth the work it takes to have a service dog!