Training Dog Day at St. Cecilia

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The students at St. Cecilia Elementary got a break from the normal school day today to learn about service dogs.

Lynn Schense brought her dogs Ruthie and Avalon to the school in order to spread understanding about service dogs.

Ruthie has been a therapy dog for years while Avalon is still in training and hopes one day to be put into service.

Like any puppy sometimes it is a challenge to keep Avalon focused.

Lynn Schense says, "I'm not saying she doesn't act like a puppy because she does but most of these dogs quickly learn that this is playtime with my vest off and work time with my vest on."

The dogs' training starts from the moment they are placed with volunteers who raise them. Their obedience is a little different than most of the students experience with their own pets.

Nate Wilwerding says, "It is a Brittany Spaniel, a hunting dog. He hasn't been trained much yet because he is only two or three years old. We got him from the Nebraska Humane Society."

After the presentation the children were allowed to get an up close look at the dogs who seemed to relish the attention.

The investment into a service dog can be as high as $15,000.

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