Starting June 5th PAALS training school will open its doors to summer campers for the 10 consecutive season. During these camps attendees ages 8-19 learn the basics of dog care while participating in dog games and crafts and practicing teamwork since campers pair up to care for a service dog candidate. One camp held offsite combines dog care with equine therapy and also involves yoga with dogs and horse painting. Campers not only learn the basics of dog care and training but they also feel a sense of giving back through the community service of helping to prepare a service dog candidate. The last day of camp includes a field trip to the airport in which the campers assist in taking their service dog candidates through security check points.
Summer PAALS is just one of the many Animal Assisted Intervention Programs PAALS offers.
Part of what PAALS does that is so special is its Animal Assisted Intervention Programs that use service dogs in training in educational and therapeutic settings. While the service dogs are in training, they help educate others about assistance dogs. In addition to Summer PAALS, there are enrichment programs such as School PAALS and Reading PAALS. For more information on PAALS visit their website at www.paals.org.
Mitzie Renwick, Development Coordinator