Locally Trained Brigadoon Service Dogs Enrich Lives across the Northwest


As I walked into the kennel and training room at Brigadoon Service Dogs, the puppies were yipping and jumping for joy. It was all tails wagging and mouths smiling. A large black lab laid serenely nearby, watching with interest as I entered. He was an older graduate, a paragon of composure and a model for what the younger trainees may one day become.

A professional dog trainer for over forty years, founder Denise Costanten saw a gap in the supply of quality service dogs available nationwide. “I’m just a dog trainer but I saw a need and wanted to take my skills and use them to help people in the disabled community,” she says.