An adorable group of Labrador puppies came into the world recently, and very soon the puppies in question are gearing up to start the training process that will make them a bunch of bonafide service dogs, making the lives of citizens in need that much better through their diligent work.
PADS, or the Pacific Assistance Dogs society, are at the helm of the training but they need help. According to a piece published at CTV News, PADS are actually looking for volunteer families that can help in the training process.
The families in question are to really help the dog embrace society and they are requested to take the dog out everywhere…school, work, public transport, etc., and all this until the dog reaches the age of 18 months.
Labrador puppies prep for a new and important job
This will further acclimate the dog to the environments he or she will be requested to help any individual he or she is paired with, aiding them in their everyday lives…the definition of an assistance animal essentially.
They are perfect for those suffering from post traumatic stress, physical ailments, or even certain other psychological disorders of another sort.
Miranda Turenne, who is a PADS dog trainer, had this to say on the benefit of the dogs in the program:
"“They are opening doors literally and figuratively…They are normalizing life with a disability for a lot of people in our community who may even be feeling isolated, so the impact they have on our clients is incredible…”via CTV News (link above)"
According to Turenne, the logic is simple enough…
"“Who doesn’t want to have a puppy that gets to go with you everywhere?…So for me this is the volunteer opportunity that fills my heart and my life and I get to give back to people so it’s the best thing it’s ever done.”CTV News"
PADS has been in operation since 1999 and they rely heavily on volunteers and sponsors who give of their finances and time of course. Training for up to a single solitary puppy can cost up to a whopping $35,000!
According to the PADS website (link below), the vision of the charity is clear enough: To give their clients a sort of independence in life by use of the dogs they train…a different kind of independence yes, but depending on an animal is different from depending on another person.
So to go back to the topic of volunteers, if you happen to be close to the area and are interested in helping to train these dogs, you can contact them here: PADS.
Just remember that when they reach the age of 18 months, they’ve gotta go, so being able to say goodbye to the animal once they’re ready is a threshold you’ll need to be able to cross, so just be sure before you decide to jump in, dear readers.
Besides, they are going off to do what some out there would call God’s Work, so in the end your sadness will be worth something great—perhaps the only time sadness is worth anything, when the pain felt is in turn for the greater good.
Any service dog or Labrador testimonials you’d like to share?