[nagdu] American Legion Auxiliary Raising Funds for Service Dog for Disabled Idaho Veteran

Toni Eames eeames at csufresno.edu
Wed Sep 29 21:52:58 UTC 2010

This program mentions training guide dogs.   Anyone hear of it?


>Subject: American Legion Auxiliary Raising Funds for Service Dog for Disabled
>  Idaho Veteran
>To: Undisclosed-recipients: <>;
>American Legion Auxiliary Raising Funds for Service Dog for Disabled 
>Idaho Veteran
>Hailey, ID (PRWEB) September 25, 2010
>A disabled Idaho veteran will soon have his or her own service dog, 
>thanks to a new affiliation between <http://www.ppadi.org>Positive 
>Partners Assistance Dogs, Inc. and the Women's Auxiliary of the 
>American Legion David Ketchum Post 15.
>Positive Partners Assistance Dogs trains four types of service or 
>assistance dogs: mobility dogs for people who need balance and 
>assistance climbing stairs or bending over, hearing assistance dogs, 
>guide guides for the visually impaired, and wheelchair assistance 
>dogs. Each service dog is custom-trained for the individual.
>The cost of training a service dog is approximately $25,000, and the 
>auxiliary already has raised more than half.
>"We have learned how valuable a service dog can be to disabled 
>veterans with a wide range of disabilities," said Mary Stratton, 
>auxiliary president.
>"For example, if a disabled veteran has lost a leg, a service dog 
>can pick up a dropped sock or go get a ringing telephone. All of 
>these things make a huge difference in the day-to-day qualify of 
>life. We are fortunate that we have a nationally recognized service 
>dog training program based in the Wood River Valley."
>Positive Partners differs from most service dog training programs in 
>several respects. In addition to custom-training service dogs for 
>individuals with special needs that are not accommodated by most of 
>the larger assistance dog training programs, Positive Partners uses 
>"clicker" training, perhaps best known for its use in training 
>whales and dolphins.
>Assistance dogs also go directly from the "puppy raiser" to the 
>handler, eliminating the difficult and expensive kennel phase of 
>most service dog training programs. Positive Partners' costs for 
>training a service dog are as much as $10,000 below those of many 
>other organizations.
>Positive Partners will be responsible for the application process, 
>training and placement of the service dog. To qualify, the applicant 
>must be an American military wounded veteran. Interested disabled 
>veterans can contact Positive Partners at 
><mailto:ppadi at sunvalley1.com>ppadi at sunvalley1.com or call 
>208-721-1309. The entire placement process, which includes 
>interviews and selection of the applicant and selection and training 
>of the assistance dog, take approximately two years.
>For more information or to make a donation to the service dog 
>training program for a disabled veteran, contact Stratton at 
>sunvalleymary(at)aol(dot)com or 720-0370. Additional information is 
>available at the Positive Partners Assistance Dogs website at 
>"All knowledge, the totality of all questions and answers, is contained in
>the dog." - Franz Kafka - Investigations of the dog

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