Millions of dogs live in shelters in the U.S. waiting for their forever homes. Tens of millions of people in the U.S. live with physical, mental or neurological disabilities. In ’s new series, , shelter dogs are given a second chance to become a companion to someone in need.
In each episode, dog trainers, Nate Schoemer and Laura London, meet a potential owner in need of a companion dog to help them in their daily lives. Nate and Laura then head to a shelter in search of dogs with the right attitude and aptitude to provide the specific service for the disability. Then the real work begins. The trainers work with each canine to ready them for their new role and give them time to bond with their new owners at home. The basic training for the dog begins with techniques specifically geared to each person’s disability and for the human, they must master obedience commands. The dog’s training ranges from opening and closing doors to turning on lights to applying the necessary pressure during panic attacks to assisting with walking. After two weeks, the dog is placed back into their new home in their new role and Nate and Laura work hand-in-paw to fine tune the relationship and training of the dogs and person they serve.[springboard type=”video” id=”1716885″ player=”s42f004″ width=”800″ height=”450″ ]
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ABOUT LAURA LONDON
Laura London approaches each dog with customized training given her understanding that there is not one “fix it” path to follow when training a dog. The one rule of thumb that remains a constant is that building a strong, loving relationship, built on trust and respect between both dog and owner is pivotal in getting a well-mannered, balanced, happy dog. Laura serves as a guide to help her clients find the tools they have inside of themselves to develop this important bond. She is an active horseback rider and regularly rides in Griffith Park and goes for walks with dogs Rufus, Chappie, and Texas.
ABOUT NATE SCHOEMER
Nate Schoemer is the founder and owner of Hira’s Legacy Foundation where he prides himself on utilizing self-motivation, honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, and determination to improve the lives of dogs and their owners. He is an American dog training and canine educational expert and former United States Marine. He currently trains in the sport of French Ring and lives in West Los Angeles with his Malinois, Arih, and Labrador, Charlie.
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