Volunteer Puppy Raiser Coaches

“Jan Upton and Mary Shimel look forward a few times a year to a new puppy coming to live at their homes — blank slates, so to speak, ready to learn.  Autism service dogs are trained beginning at 8 to 10 weeks of age. Upton and Shimel get the puppies and will spend 6 to 8 weeks putting the dogs through basic training — much of the same training that happens with any puppy new to a family.” – Kathy Fuller, The Hillsboro Argus

Hillsboro, North Plains women volunteer as puppy trainers for Autism Service Dogs of America
[The Hillsboro Argus]

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