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With Dottie, I have My Life Back
Service dogs can increase independence by reducing reliance
on other people

By Suzanne Ponciroli

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  • Is there an age restriction?
    Some programs take children and adults and other limit how young the recipient can be.

  • How long is the wait to get a dog?

  • How long is the training camp for you with your dog?

  • What are the costs to you for the camp?
    Some programs pay for training camp costs such as room and board and, others, leave these expenses up to the recipient.

Is there support after the training camp?

Many organizations will allow you to apply online; however, if the website does not answer all your questions, there is usually a number to call.

The website referenced below lists many of the service dog groups:

Check out this inspirational video about service dogs:

What’s a Training Camp?

Training camps are a time when the recipient learns to work with their dog. The dog is trained - now you need to be. Service dogs know many commands before being paired with the physically limited person. Camp teaches you how to train your dog to perform tasks specific to your needs.

After leaving camp it did not take me long to realize one of my specific needs. My dog left her toys all over the floor and, being in a wheelchair, this made it very difficult for me to get around. Using the command “clean up”, I taught Dottie to pick up her toys and put them in her toy basket. Her little trick really impresses young visitors AND their parents.


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