Meet a puppy in training .. to be a Service Dog!
This is a special program for children and their families.
See some ECAD (Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities) service dogs in action and meet/pet/snuggle with a puppy — a puppy that is in training to eventually become a service dog! Jeanne Jones will talk about this wonderful non-profit organization based on the Torrington/Winchester line, whose mission is to educate and place service dogs with people with disabilities so they will have greater independence and mobility.
Each ECAD dog receives 1,500 hours of training and learns 89 commands, including the retrieval of dropped objects, loading the wash, opening doors, and to recognize the onset of panic attacks brought on by PTSD or stress induced anxiety. ECAD has placed canines with people who represent many disabilities, with veterans who have both visible and invisible injuries and children with Autism. ECAD is currently building a new Education and Wellness Center on its original site in Winchester.