[nagdu] American Legion Auxiliary Raising Funds for Service Dogfor Disabled Idaho Veteran
julielj at windstream.net
Thu Sep 30 00:23:53 UTC 2010
I don't know that much about the various types of service dog programs, but
I've heard lots of people talk about the long waiting lists.
This is also the only program I have ever heard of to use exclusively
positive training methods. If that's a priority for someone, it might be
worth the wait.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Cindy Ray" <cindyray at gmail.com>
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Dogfor Disabled Idaho Veteran
>I neer heard of the place, but I have some questions. A two year selection
>period (waiting and all) seems long. Aren't there other places where people
>can get such help other then guide dog schools?
> On Sep 29, 2010, at 4:52 PM, Toni Eames wrote:
>> This program mentions training guide dogs. Anyone hear of it?
>>> Subject: American Legion Auxiliary Raising Funds for Service Dog for
>>> 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
>>> "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
>>> the dog." - Franz Kafka - Investigations of the dog
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