P.H.A.R.M Dog USA, Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri,
is the brain child of Jackie Allenbrand. The organization's goal is to make life
easier for farmers and farm family members with disabilities. Those eligible for services may have any type of disability -- physical, cognitive, or illness-related. Our services are not limited to Missouri. We do place dogs in other states.
Dogs that provide Service Skills, primarily labs or lab mixes, can be trained to do
a variety of helpful tasks such as
retrieving or picking up dropped tools, opening a latch gate system,
carrying buckets, as well as standing and bracing if a farmer has stability issues, or going for help. Jackie determines the needs of prospective
clients, makes farm assessments, and facilitates placement of the dogs. She and another trainer handle the training for the dogs and their new owners.
Herding Dogs, primarily border collies, help farmers manage their livestock. These dogs are currently donated by a friend and supporter in Plattsburg, Missouri, who helps train both the dogs and farmers. We also have a trainer in Packwood, Iowa.
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