We learned all about the miracle of service dogs at the New York Mobility Club last night…and it was fascinating! These incredible canine companions really do help adults and children with disabilities to live more independent lives. They assist, day and night, in the most practical of ways.
Yvonne Dagger, President of the Long Island Chapter of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) and an experienced puppy raiser, demonstrated with 5-month old puppy in training, Dagger. He sported a smart-looking yellow CCI jacket showing that he’s still in training.
It takes about a year to train the dogs. The puppy raisers are volunteers who live and work with them to get them ready for service. CCI uses treats (and lots of praise) to motivate and teach the commands. Eventually, the dogs do the commands just for the “Good Boy!” praise of their human [...]