While working with non-judgemental canines, student trainers acquire critical interpersonal skills, learning empathy, effective parenting skills, consistency and emotional regulation. The power of the human-canine bond is instrumental in allowing these teens to gain social and emotional competence and develop leadership skills which, in turn, enable them to pass the gifts of increased independence, social acceptance and emotional well-being on to the assistance dog recipients.
Lacking a positive sense of purpose and belonging, youth are often driven to engage in negative behaviors. It’s difficult to maintain a tough exterior while experiencing the unconditional loving relationship a Golden Retriever puppy provides.
Once trained by our student trainers, our dogs are placed with individuals with physical disabilities relating to mobility, offering new levels of independence. Often acting as social lubricants, our dogs open more than just doors ... they open doors to opportunity!