People with disabilities learn to train own service animals

02/26/2008 | Oregonian (Portland), The

Some dog trainers are helping people with disabilities to teach their own dogs the tasks that can make their lives easier rather than simply purchasing an animal that has already been trained. "What training your own dog is about is empowerment," says Mary Lee Nitschke, a psychology professor who helps evaluate and train people who want to train their own dogs. "It's some of the most powerful magic I've ever seen. The change that makes in a person is phenomenal."

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