PUPPIES TUG ON DOORS AND HEARTS
April 28, 2008-Merced, CA – California Canine Academy / Assistance Dogs (CCA/AD), a non-profit organization that teaches high school at-risk teens to train special dogs for the disabled, will be having their first graduation of the teens and dogs from the first segment of disability dog training on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 10:30am at the Merced College Amphitheatre.
Their program started in November, 2007. The Merced County Human Services and MCOE teamed up with CCA/AD to train seven teenagers the basics of training a service dog for persons with disabilities.
The HS A-dog programs have proven that dogs can touch the hearts of the most socially detached, rebellious, stubborn and angry teens — and teach them to enter into loving non-abrasive responsible relationships with other living creatures. Through their participation, teens learn emotional regulation and self-control, take responsibility for another living creature, and develop a warm, mutually affectionate bond with the puppies and dogs they are training.
At the completion of the training, the dogs are placed in the community and nationally with individuals who have mobility-limiting disabilities, hearing loss, autism, mental disorders, and as social therapy dogs.
JOIN US on May 31, 2008 at 10:30 at the Merced College Amphitheatre for the first gradation ceremony of the HS Teen program.
California Canine Academy / Assistance Dogs
5659 W. Brooks Rd
Merced, CA 95341