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Review for ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities, Torrington, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Shannon Benton, and I received my Service Dog Trainer/Instructor certification from ECAD through their Train the Trainer program, in August of 2010. Since then, the people of ECAD have been absolutely wonderful helping me to start my service dog training business, including providing advise, donating stud service, and giving me pointers and tips on starting puppy training. Thank you!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ECAD provided me with a very intensive submersion in service dog training, client review and instruction, public access and law, and non-profit organization during my 6 week certification class. I learned a lot then, and since, the people (and dogs!) of ECAD have helped me lay the groundwork for my own service dog training business.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Communication, communication. Everything changes so fast according to need that instructions change from task to task, but it's not always well communicated. =)

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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What is unique about this organization?

This organization is unique in that it participates in so many aspects of the Service Dog industry. In addition to providing service dogs to those in need, ECAD's programs provide at-risk youth with valuable skills and confidence through teaching them to train, build the industry through teaching and certifying trainers, provide therapy dog services to a variety of people, and work with government to affect law regarding service dogs in public as well as policy regarding service dogs for veterans in need. I'm pretty sure they do it all!

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Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I took my Service Dog Trainer/Instructor certification class here.