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Service dog in training plays with Pluto in Disney World

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Carolina Canines is an organization that trains dogs to help those who are disabled.

Service dogs can take up to 36 months to become fully trained before being placed with individuals with mobility impairments.

As part of a training exercise, Carolina Canines founder Rick Hariston recently took Titus, a yellow Labrador, to Disney World to become acquainted with large crowds, noises, and people dressed up like Mickey Mouse.

Hariston said Titus did well in Disney World and will be ready to be given away soon.

The Carolina Canines organizations has several programs to help various needs.  Earlier this year, they were recognized for its work with disabled veterans.

CCFS programs include:

Carolina Canines for Veterans is a national pilot program that teaches prisoners at the Camp Lejeune brig in Jacksonville, N.C. to train service dogs for wounded veterans.  Within 21 months of the program six (6) wounded warriors have received their service dogs.

Carolina Canines for Therapy program trains owners and their dogs to provide animal-assisted visitations in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, group homes and treatment facilities.

Paws for Reading is part of the Carolina Canines for Therapy program, where therapy dogs help children struggling  to improve their reading and communication skills

Foster Puppy program finds volunteers to raise a service dog in their home for 24 months while undergoing a service dog program

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