A West Michigan organization that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities was getting some future working dogs used to the public.
Paws with a Cause is looking for new fosters to raise the assistance dogs. A foster puppy raiser teaches basic obedience and exposes the them to public environments for 12 to 18 months, until the dog is old enough to begin formal training.
Linda Trantham, a Paws with a Cause foster, said, âThe independence that these dogs are going to bring to a person is more than rewarding. Its’ been the best thing I’ve ever done.â
Paws with a Cause had several puppies at the Portage Crossroads Mall on Monday where trainers were on a scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt helps the pups work on public manners and work on the skills they have learned.
The organization places between 75 to 100 dogs per year and will be ready to place 130 new puppies with fosters soon. The Paws with a Cause website has more information about becoming a foster.
âNot only does it give forever person a sense of independence, it gives the entire family a piece of mind.â Trantham said, âimagine if you can’t hear anything and you have a child that’s crying, the dog will alert to that. or you want to go out and go grocery shopping, but you have somebody who can’t get out of the house by themselves. the dog can open the door for them.