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Sunday, August 07, 2011

Did you know? August 7-13, 2011 is International Assistance Dog Week (IADW)

An Assistance Dog, also known as a Service Dog, is a dog trained to aid or assist a person with a disability. The jobs these dig perform are as unique as the people that they help. Some examples include: guide dogs for the blind; hearing/signal dogs for the deaf or hard of hearing; and mobility assistance dogs trained to assist a physically disabled person.


The goals of IADW are to:
  • Recognize and honor assistance dogs
  • Raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs
  • Honor puppy raisers and trainers
  • Recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities

Here's a good set of tips on how to interact with a person and their service dog: http://www.wikihow.com/Interact-With-Someone-With-a-Service-Animal

You can learn more about International Assistance Dog Week at http://www.assistancedogweek.org/ and here are some additional ideas on how to get involved: Tips from Canine Companions for Independence

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