training service dogs

Canines that don't make the cut at other service-animal training programs are welcome at Phoenix Assistance Dogs

posted on October 1, 2011 - 8:49am
From the moment Linzey Zoccola received her first service dog at age 16, she knew what she wanted to do with her life. Zoccola has type 2 spinal muscular atrophy and has used a power chair since the age of 4. She has always been strongly independent, but having a service dog was a revelation. Here was a creature that not only brought her joy and companionship, but also helped her perform tasks at...

Canines that don't make the cut at other service-animal training programs are welcome at Phoenix Assistance Dogs

posted on August 26, 2011 - 2:15pm
From the moment Linzey Zoccola received her first service dog at age 16, she knew what she wanted to do with her life. Zoccola has type 2 spinal muscular atrophy and has used a power chair since the age of 4. She has always been strongly independent, but having a service dog was a revelation. Here was a creature that not only brought her joy and companionship, but also helped her perform tasks at...

Retiring your service dog

posted on October 1, 2009 - 7:50am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 4
Anyone who has a service dog will agree that the first day home with your new partner is like no other. Akin to adopting a child, your thoughts are ecstatic and you embrace every subsequent minute until it’s time for Fido’s retirement and you are left wondering where all the time went. Thankfully, the end of your aging service dog’s working days doesn’t necessarily mean that he will leave you....