Pawsitive For Heroes
WNY Heroes launched a program called “Pawsitive for Heroes” in 2014. The program will pay for service dog training as a result of the help we get from our sponsors. The dogs and their owners go through various courses together, properly prepare the dogs to serve those who’ve served.
A service dog can go anywhere his owner goes but you’re not supposed to approach them, call them by name, or even bend down and pet them. “A service dog is meant for a single individual need or purpose,” Kreiger explained. “The dog can’t be touched by everybody and anybody. The dog has to listen directly to the handler. It can only be touched by the handler. So there’s a huge difference between therapy dog and service dog. When they put their vests on, they’re working. It’s all business. When the vest comes off, they go right back to being normal house dogs.”