Life With A Service Dog

Dogs really are mankind’s best friend. They provide companionship, but some dogs are raised to provide help to people’s physical abilities.

Canine Companions for Independence, a national non-profit organization that trains dogs to assists people with daily living tasks, will bring working dogs to the Ocean County Library this fall at the following branches:

Beachwood branch (126 Beachwood Blvd.) – Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.

Manchester branch (21 Colonial Dr.) – Friday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.

Island Heights branch (121 Central Ave.) – Monday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

These dogs are trained not only for the visually impaired, but for several purposes. They can do amazing tasks such as picking up objects, opening doors, helping the hearing impaired, carrying things or pulling wheelchairs.

This program will explain the four types of dogs Canine Companions for Independence train: service dogs for adults with physical disabilities who can safely handle the dog, hearing dogs, skilled companions for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities and facility dogs who work with a professional in a visitation, education or healthcare setting.

These programs are free and open to the public. To register, visit the library’s website http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

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