Friday, April 23, 2010


I watched this documentary last night on PBS. You can see it streaming on their website. So powerful to see the service dogs matched up with their owners of all ages and disabilities. If you're a labrador lover like myself, the film will take an even tighter grasp of your heart. My favorite person featured was six year old Aiden who has Cerebral Palsy. Jennifer Arnold, the owner of Canine Assistants is an amazing woman who began facing her own disability when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at just 16.

Here's Jennifer talking about training methods.

The cutest trailer - training puppies!


"Through a Dog’s Eyes will change the way you feel about your own dog. The documentary follows a handful of people as they journey through the heartwarming and often challenging process of receiving their service dogs.

Jennifer Arnold, founder of Canine Assistants, discusses her teaching methods and the life-changing impact these dogs have on the recipients and their families. She gives us a glimpse of puppy-rearing and training, and takes us inside the intense and sometimes nerve-wracking experience of matching people with their dogs. Ádám Miklósi, Ph.D., one of the world’s foremost experts in dog cognition, also discusses the science behind Jennifer’s training philosophy.

You’ll also follow the families home and watch their relationships with their dogs unfold. Sometimes what began as love at first sight deepens. Occasionally the initial chemistry doesn’t last. Overall, it’s a bonding process that, as with any relationship, takes work and time.

These hopeful stories provide unique insights into the ways canine assistants improve people’s lives. What’s more, you’ll see your own dog in a whole new light."

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