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The making of assistance dogs

The LJWorld takes viewers through the process of how assistance dogs are trained and raised. It begins with puppy raisers, and ends at a small nonprofit in Washington, Kan.

The 'Puppy Raiser'

By Shaun Hittle · January 16, 2012 · Comment on this

Every day, Lawrence woman Nancy Giossi brings McLaren, a 2-year-old golden retriever, to work at the KU Department of Continuing Education. McLaren is the fourth dog Giossi — known as a "puppy raiser" — has raised for KSDS in Washington, Kan., where the dog will be trained to be an assistance dog. Check the LJWorld this weekend for a full feature on KSDS.

  • The 'Puppy Raiser' January 16, 2012
  • Where they make assistance dogs January 16, 2012
  • Cadillac, guide dog in training January 16, 2012
  • Guide dog in action January 16, 2012


tarincp 3 years, 7 months ago

CADILLAC's little sister (all from the Cadillac Car themed litter), Seville, is my wonderful service dog! Best Wishes~Big Brother!! Thank you KSDS, Deb & all those involved in this training--puppy raisers included!! Seville in Kansas (and PROUD of it!)

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