Canine Support Team and me – my story
by James D. Yanoschik, DDS
What is the best thing being involved with the puppies does for me?
Puppies are examples of unconditional love. No matter what kind of day I am having, when I walk through the door, that tail is wagging and they are jumping up and down – just so happy to see me. My problems melt away when I take the dog in my arms and they start to lick me. Have you ever heard the laughing of a young child being caressed by the licks of a puppy? You just smiled to yourself didn’t you? That is who I become again too.
I enjoy is that I get to be around people that want to help other people.
My wife and I have found some wonderful friends through the CST puppy raising programs. We have outings called “Yappy hours” and visit various training locations throughout Southern California.
When I get into these situation where I volunteer, I wonder who really gets more out of these situations? The person being helped or me? I find that I feel better when I help my fellow-man sometimes in small ways and others in big ways. But in a self-care way, I help others to help myself.
4. Saving Dogs and People.
This organization has partnered with breeders and animal shelters to recognize the temperament in puppies that would make a good service dog. When these puppies reach 14 to 18 months they are put into the Prison Pup program at the Women’s Prison in Chino, CA for their advanced training to become full fledged service dogs. To date, any prisoner that has been involved in the Prison Pup program that got out of prison, has not re-offended.
My wife and I are now raising our second puppy in the program.
It hard to give up the puppy. But what makes the transition easier is that we have met, in person, folks that have benefited from the service dogs. For example, I met a young veteran who said that he has called the suicide hotline several times and made plans for his “transition” into the next life. Fortunately, however, he got matched up with a service dog that helped him want to live again. Another example is a mother who said that she saw a distinct change in her child since they got a service dog from CST. These people are now able to have relationships and live.
Please get involved. Become a puppy raiser to a service dog.
James D. Yanoschik, DDS
Dentist and Puppy Raiser
A little about Canine Support Teams (www.CanineSupportTeams.org).
Their goal is to provide service dogs for disabilities other than blindness. This organization has partnered with breeders and animal shelters to recognize the temperament in puppies that would make a good service dog. When these puppies reach 14 to 18 months they are put into the Prison Pup program at the Women’s Prison in Chino, CA for their advanced training to become full fledged service dogs. To date, any prisoner that has been involved in the Prison Pup program that got out of prison, has not re-offended.
The program is lacking is puppy raisers. Our job as a puppy raiser is to train the puppy with basic command skills, and to socialize them to various situations and environments that they may come into contact with in the course of a normal day.
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