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SSD Slate: Service Dog to Veterans

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Original article by Kate Kelly on America Comes Alive

"Slate saved my life," is the way John Wiesniewski describes having a service dog like Slate by his side every day.

SSD Sate, a black Labrador, is trained as a psychiatric support service dog by Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD), located in Grantville, Pennsylvania. These dogs are often placed with military veterans suffering from depression, severe anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Top 10 Reasons to Raise a Service Dog Puppy

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Why should you raise a puppy for Susquehanna Service Dogs? SSD has ten reasons why you should raise a puppy to become a service dog:

The Impact of a Service Dog

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On May 6, we held our annual Graduation and Volunteer Appreciation Celebration. Twenty-nine dogs graduated, including two companion dogs, eighteen service dogs, seven breeding dogs, and two CIA K-9s. Congratulations to all our graduating teams!

This year, Kim Wiesniewski shared her family's story for our Graduation Keynote. Kim's husband, John, is partnered with SSD Slate. Through her story, you'll see how service dogs change more lives than just their partner's.
 

How a Service Dog Buys Socks

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Did you know service dogs can make purchases? SSD Colorado, one of Susquehanna Service Dogs’ service dogs in training, is practicing how to make purchases at Foot Locker in Capital City Mall in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

Colorado spent his first 18 months with his puppy raiser, who taught him 26 different cues and good house manners. For the past few months, he has been in advanced training with Susquehanna Service Dogs’ professional trainers, where he is being individually trained based on his partner’s needs. One of the specific tasks he’s learning is how to make purchases.

Susquehanna Service Dogs: A Grassroots Effort that Took Seed and Blossomed

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“Each person who volunteers their time in any capacity,” Pam Foreman, director of Susquehanna Service Dogs, says, “each person partnered with an SSD dog, each employee and each person who provides a monetary or in-kind donation of any amount makes this program what it is.” Harrisburg Magazine provides a "behind the scenes" look at Susquehanna Service Dogs and how little puppies become working service dogs.

Original article by Angelique Caffrey for Harrisburg Magazine

Not All Dogs Become Service Dogs

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Not all the dogs in Susquehanna Service Dogs' program become service dogs. Although every dog starts on the same path, only 50-60% of them become working service dogs. Being a service dog is challenging. A dog must be able to “turn on” and perform tasks, but then “turn off” and relax when they’re not needed. They must be able to handle the stress of working in public. And most of all, they must enjoy service dog work.

SSD’s Astronaut Puppies Launch Their Service Dog Journey

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3…2…1…Blast off! 

The seven puppies in Susquehanna Service Dogs’ Astronaut Litter have launched their journey to becoming service dogs! SSD Heide Piper (Heide), SSD Wendy Lawrence (Wendy), SSD Suni Williams (Suni), SSD John Glenn (Glenn), SSD Alan Shepard (Shepard), SSD James Lovell (Lovell), and SSD Neil Armstrong (Armstrong) are with their puppy raisers.

Service Dog Supports Cedar Crest Middle School Student to Shine Onstage

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Guest blog post by Gwen Wenger. Gwen, her husband Keith, and her daughter Emma have been volunteering with SSD in many ways for several years. Emma is partnered with SSD Kindle.
 

Team Training: When Everything Comes Together

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On October 21, 2015, four people and their service dogs completed team training and became new service dog teams. We’re so excited for them and we’re looking forward to hearing about how their service dogs have changed their lives. Congratulations to our new teams!
 
Team training is the culmination of several years of training and countless hours by our volunteers and staff. Those tiny puppies that you watched snuggle and play on the puppy cam have grown into dedicated working dogs.
 

Vote for Your Favorite Susquehanna Service Dogs' Calendar Photo

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When you open your 2016 Susquehanna Service Dogs calendar, which dogs will you see? Will it be a wrinkly-faced little future service dog? Will it be a working service dog team? You get to help us decide which photos will be featured in our 2016 calendar!

From now until 11:59 p.m. on September 6, you can vote for your favorite photo on our Facebook Page. Please note that voting is different than last year. You can only vote ONCE in the entire contest, so make sure you pick your absolute favorite photo!

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