A group of puppy raisers and their service dogs in training went to Disneyland, which was a huge success not only in terms of socialization for the dogs but also in terms of spreading the word about what service dogs do.
The dogs are all members of Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that trains service dogs and matches them with people who require their assistance.
The dogs who visited “The Happiest Place On Earth” are currently in training and learning all of the skills – including social skills – required to be the best service dogs possible. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have some fun while they’re at it.
The group recently visited Disneyland to explore the grounds, meet new people, and become acquainted with “high traffic” areas.
“Disneyland is the ideal place to socialize our puppies to crowds, loud noises, new sights and smells, and different types of people,” said Kendra Clark, who assisted in organizing the trip.
“Part of our job as puppy raisers is to educate the public about service dogs and Canine Companions’ mission,” Clark added. “So it was really wonderful that the crowds were not only incredibly interested in our service pups in training, but also so respectful of their working status.”
The dogs met a lot of people, including some friendly Disney mascots. It’s safe to say that the dogs left the park with a whole new fan base.