Kids and Canines, An Assistance Dog Training Program

by Ad 2 Tampa Bay | July 15, 2006

The Kids and Canines program was started eight years ago in Hillsborough County, Florida as an anti-truancy initiative. This innovative program pairs truant (not delinquent) middle school teens with a golden retriever to train to be an assistance dog for individuals with physical disabilities. The students are paired with an 8 week old puppy and are taught to do the actual ‘hands on’ instructions for the 18 month period it takes to train the dog to perform over 60 commands.

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Vinny Tafuro, Advisory Board Member