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 [...]
Next Wednesday on April 10 from 6-8pm, the New York Mobility Club is holding a FREE event for people with disabilities. A guest speaker from Canine Companions for Independence will talk about “The Miracle of Service Dogs” and give participants a chance meet some of their exceptional dogs and their trainers.
In addition, a mini-trade show of products for independent living will be hosted by Maxi-Aids .
The event is sponsored by Bussani Mobility Team (the leading provider of automotive mobility solutions for people with disabilities on Long Island), and will take place at the company’s new showroom at 401 Middle Country Road, Smithtown, NY.
The New York Mobility Club is a local community group that supports people living with physical disabilities. A FREE community service, the group meets on the second Wednesday of each [...]