Jennifer Arnold, founder of Canine Assistants teaches us that pure love motivates a trained service dog to perform tasks for his person. Dogs depend on humans for their survival. The loving relationship between dog and person is key to all other benefits that derive from that relationship.
Canine Assistants are dogs, bred at the farm and trained for 18 months. Twice a month, Canine Assistants holds ‘dog camp’ to pair up each trained dog with a person/recipient. Matching a dog to a person is much like courtship. The dog actually chooses the person. For two weeks the person learns about his dog as the loving bond is formed.
- PBS aired the video Through a Dog’s Eyes in 2010. Watch the full video here.
- Visit the Canine Assistants website
- Canine Assistants on Facebook
- Chris and Wagner video
- puppies, puppies, puppies video
- Steve Dale “Through a Dog’s Eyes” video
If you are a parent with a child who has special needs, you might consider getting her a service dog. The child/dog relationship extends beyond just meeting physical needs. Consider emotional, and social benefits as well. A person who treats a dog with loving care generally will extend that behavior and attitude towards other people.
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