International Assistance Dog Week!

Have you ever seen a pup wearing one of the iconic colored vests that indicates that he or she is a service dog or service dog in training? Perhaps you noticed that the animal was not allowed to be pet or played with by strangers. That is because the dogs wearing these vests are trained to help individuals with disabilities, whether it is helping the visually impaired navigate the street, assisting veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or people with like conditions cope with day to day activities, or aiding individuals who cannot hear and need physical contact to lead them to a particular sound.  The goals of this week (International Assistance Dog Week) are simple: to honor assistance dogs, to raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs, to honor puppy trainers, and to recognize heroic acts by assistance dogs.

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