This is Jake, a beautiful Golden Retriever. Jake loves to play tug of war and fetch any chance he gets. He also loves to jump in the pool when his owner Kathy throws in a toy. In many ways Jake is a normal fun-loving pet. But there is also something really special about Jake. Unlike most dogs that are family pets, Jake has a job. Jake’s job is to help his owner, Kathy, with daily tasks.
Kathy was injured in an accident when she was young and cannot walk. Because of her injuries, she must use a wheelchair to get around. Jake is trained to help Kathy with everyday tasks that you may take for granted. Jake can open a door and pick up objects that Kathy drops. Jake can even help Kathy by pulling her wheelchair if she needs a little more force to move. Was Jake born knowing how to do all these special things to help Kathy?
There is no doubt, Jake is a very smart and intuitive dog. He can sense when his owner is not feeling well. He barks when danger is present or he wants her attention. But to help his owner, Kathy, he needed to learn some new skills. Jake spent many months of intense training. During this training, he learned everything he needed to know in order to help Kathy. So just like you, Jake attended school in order to learn new things.