That Service Dog Under the Table Next to You Was on Death Row
I know you don’t believe it!
I mean come on, who would throw away one of those perfectly behaved dogs that you see in public as Service Dogs?
It is just a ploy to get you to believe in some unrealistic training tips or programs, right?
I can brag about being a part of this kind of work for decades, but check this out, here is the proof!
From superpower USA Today:
These Dogs May Become Service Dogs
These dogs may have a higher purpose!
They can provide emotional and physical support to disabled veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
After just 4 months of training, these adult dogs that once were not wanted, and some scheduled to be euthanized, are ready to begin the placement process with their new handlers.
These dogs, thrown away because they are “to big” or “out of control”, are taught obedience and manners that make them good citizens in public.
Meeting their new handler, also known as “Mom” or “Dad”, is love at first sight. And, yes, affection is not only acceptable but expected!
PTSD keeps this Marine, who completed four tours, from being able to go out in public. These dogs bridge the gap and give their handlers something else to think about and love so they can better deal with their disorder.
Lives are changed forever, and suicide rates among our military veterans drop significantly, with the addition of a Service Dog.
22 veterans take their lives, and almost 4,000 dogs are euthanized, every single day. These numbers do not have to be so high!
Saving dogs saves our veterans, and veterans save these dogs. It goes both ways. A true win-win situation!
Perhaps They Really Know They Have a Better Purpose!
What do you think?
These dogs, given up by families who once loved them for being too out of control, have beaten the odds and become the best of the best when it comes to canine companions.
Think this kind of obedience is out of reach?
You Are Wrong!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.