4 Paws for Ability is looking for volunteer trainers

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XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – 4 Paws for Ability in Xenia needs volunteer trainers to help train dogs to be service animals for children and veterans with disabilities.

The process begins as soon as the puppies are born with a breeding program that aims to accustom the puppies to different sights, sounds and textures. “Then when they are about 8 weeks old they can enter our volunteer trainer homes or our prison program. So we also work with a few different prisons, and our inmates help with potty training with basic manners,” said Lynn Williams, director of 4 Paws for Ability Service Dog and Training.

Williams said that once the dogs were a year and a half old, they were usually ready to become service animals. Like many other companies, 4 Paws for Ability has felt the wrath of the pandemic, and now they’re asking animal lovers to join their team and help change people’s lives. “We want people who love dogs, who want to learn how to teach dogs what’s appropriate and what’s not when they’re out in public.”

Volunteer trainers are only required to live within 3 hours of Xenia’s location, but everything else is taught and paid regarding the dogs.

Williams is a former volunteer trainer herself and says it’s work that makes people feel good about what they’ve done. “Not only are they life changing for the handlers they work with until they get a placement, but just seeing how life changing they can be for a child and their family as well as that of a veteran is just amazing.”

To become a volunteer trainer at 4 Paws for Ability, click here.

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