Individual / Group Sessions

DogAbility is an innovative program where parents, schools, agencies and therapeutic professionals send individuals and/or groups by appointment during the week and on weekends. The sessions at DogAbility are designed to meet a participant’s needs. We work with participants of all ages and all abilities.

A participant is a child or an adult who is registered to engage with our dogs during sessions. You can register for either private or group sessions. You may form your own group - or join as an individual in one of our pre-scheduled group sessions.


Individual Sessions

These are private sessions conducted with a participant and one or two of our gentle dogs. Participants engage in one-on-one experiences which might involve either a sedentary or active visit.

Private sessions last from 45 minutes to one-hour long.

Group Sessions

These are sessions conducted with 6 or more participants and a variety of dogs. Participants engage in one-on-one and group experiences which might involve either a sedentary or active visit.

Group sessions are one-hour long.

Organizations that have sent groups to DogAbility sessions


PRIVATE SESSIONS = $75 per session

SEMI-PRIVATE SESSIONS = $125 for 2 participants / $150 for 3 participants

GROUPS = $30 per participant

SENIOR DISCOUNT = $25 per participant

DogAbility is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization approved for reimbursement of self-directed funds through OPWDD.

Email us to schedule a private or group session. Our weekends book up quickly, so please plan ahead.

Comments from participants:

"We  had a GREAT time yesterday. You run a great place with amazing volunteers. Thank you for having us and we look forward to seeing you again soon." ~ Suzy S / Group Leader

"Went there on Saturday and my son had an amazing time." ~ Rebecca K

"Great program and  mission." ~ Susan W

"DogAbility is the greatest place my son ever went to play. He is a changed boy. These dogs connect with your soul." ~ Teri S

"My son Matthew was there with his class today and I just wanted to thank you all for such a wonderful experience for my son, and what a wonderful program that you run. Thank you very much!" ~ Valla P

"I just wanted to thank you for a great afternoon. Eddie really enjoyed himself. Thank You!" ~ Jessica P

"Thank you for allowing us to come. It was a great experience for our students and staff." ~ Carol C / Group Leader

"Thank you for an amazing session yesterday. Aden and Ella had the best time. Aden actually cried during the session asking for a dog, and Ella went to bed crying that she missed Penny so much. You are definitely doing amazing things at DogAbility. "          ~ Andrea S

"My grandkids had such a great time at their last visit. They would like to come to DogAbility again." ~ Jean M

"I just wanted to thank you (and the volunteers and of course the dogs) for Saturday!  The students and I had a blast.  In fact, we were wondering if we could schedule another session before the semester ends." ~ Helene S

"Thank you so much Vicki and Sass for a fabulous day today! Smiles all around! Great big thank you to all the dogs and their handlers for volunteering their time!!!" ~ Carol C

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday - 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday - 10 am to 5 pm
By appointment only


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We are located on the property of:              

Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow                            95 Old Country Road                                                      Melville, NY 11747

Mailing Address

PO Box 7437, Hicksville, NY 11802-7437

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