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