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Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers Delivers Autism Service Dog to 24-Year-Old Man in Whitehouse Station, NJ

Ryan, a 24 year-old living in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, received a highly trained Autism Service Dog today from Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. - March 20, 2018 - (

Ryan, a 24-year-old living in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, received an exceptional Autism Service Dog delivery today from Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers based in Madison, Virginia. Since 2007, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, or “SDWR,” has been providing custom-trained service dogs to people of all ages with invisible disabilities such as Diabetes, PTSD, Seizure Disorders, or in the case of Ryan—Autism Spectrum Disorder. SDWR experienced amazing growth in 2016 and in addition to hundreds of working dogs already placed, there are over 400 families enrolled in our program awaiting their dog delivery. What sets SDWR apart from other nonprofit service dog organizations, is that they have no age restrictions and none of the enrolled families ever travel to receive their service dog or participate in team training.

Moose, a chocolate Labrador Autism Service Dog, has already received thousands of hours training through SDWR’s service dog raiser program where volunteers raise puppies in training for approximately 12-18 months. The dogs and raisers must adhere to the foundation and skill set training provided through SDWR trainers at the facility in Virginia.  

Ryan was diagnosed with Autism at 20 months old, and he also suffers from OCD, ADHD, and anxiety. He can often become overstimulated if there is too much going on and he has issues with elopement which causes him to need constant supervision. In addition to these behaviors, Ryan can get very loud vocally, and his family is hoping an Autism Service Dog can help to redirect him and quiet him down. “Ryan is nonverbal and has limited communication. Ryan has a tendency to wander and requires constant supervision. We hope that Moose will be a constant calming influence on Ryan and that he will help to keep an extra eye on Ry and make sure he doesn't wander from us,” says Ryan’s mother, Tracy.

By having a highly-trained Autism Service Dog like Moose, Ryan’s family is hopeful that it will give him the confidence and freedom he needs to face everyday challenges. Moose is equipped to help Ryan cope with his daily struggles by providing him comfort and a resource to keep him safe. As a working service dog, Moose is trained to be a calming force when Ryan is overstimulated or increases the volume of his voice. Moose will provide Ryan with companionship and help with his anxieties throughout his day which will, in turn, give his family peace of mind. Moose will work to provide practical and emotional support when Ryan needs calming, help with redirection, and constant companionship. Since Moose is a service dog and covered under laws in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), he will be able to accompany Ryan and his family everywhere to places and activities such as walking in the park, swimming, and outdoor nature activities.  

SDWR will continue to work with Ryan’s family and Moose, to train for specific needs they may have. What makes SDWR so unique from other nonprofit service dog organizations is this highly customized and tailored training program. SDWR trainers will continue to return for training sessions with Ryan, his parents, and Moose for the next 18 months every 3-4 months to continue developing Moose’s skills to best fit their lifestyle and Ryan’s disability.

Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Madison, Virginia, and relies heavily on donations to help the organization in its mission, “Until the Puzzle's Solved …there’s a dog.”  To make a donation or learn more about SDWR, please visit the website, To learn more about Autism Service Dogs visit

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