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Cascade Township Partnering with Leader Dogs for the Blind, Paws with a Cause for Service Dog Training

Release date: 9/20/2018

Contact Name: Katelyn Crain
Contact Phone: Sabo PR, 248.881.9906

Cascade Township Partnering with Leader Dogs for the Blind, Paws with a Cause for Service Dog Training

Cascade Township, Michigan, Sept. 20, 2018 – Cascade Charter Township’s Fire Department will host a training session for future leader dogs at its Station 1 in effort to familiarize them with emergency personnel on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m.
 
Led by Leader Dogs for the Blind, the session will focus on three to six puppies under 1 year. In addition to the fire department, the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and Life EMS will be present to expose the future leader dogs to sounds and smells that might occur during an emergency.
 
“Introducing puppies in a calm, friendly and encouraging way will help them recognize emergency personnel and the scents they carry as good, not scary, even if confronted in a future situation,” said Shelley Strobel-Erhardt, puppy counselor for Leader Dogs for the Blind. “Less stress on a service dog helps assure they can focus on their person and not be defensive or upset if emergency personnel have to 'get personal' with their human during a crisis situation.”
 
During the session, the dogs will be able to approach and investigate a fully geared fire responder and police officer. Additionally, the dogs will be able to get into an ambulance, fire engine and sheriff’s car in an effort to become familiar with smells and sounds, as well as emergency horns and sirens.
 
According to Strobel-Erhardt, both fire suits and police officers have unique scent traits dogs can pick up on long before these responders arrive to a situation.
 
“We know that service dogs are much more likely to be exposed to emergency personnel than pets – and often their exposure is during an intense situation,” said Lt. Andrew Albright with the Cascade Fire Department. “We are proud to support these types of trainings, and appreciate the exposure and education it provides to our team regarding what to do and how to respond when a service dog is present during an emergency call.”
 
About Cascade Township
Home to more than 18,000 residents, Cascade Township is committed to serving the public by providing the finest community services possible with respect, efficiency and integrity. With the Thornapple River at its heart, Cascade Township is recognized as an excellent place to live, work, play and raise a family. For more information, visit http://www.cascadetwp.com/.

 

 

 

 

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