Published on July 13th, 2013 | by MB0
DuPage teen trains dogs to serve people with disabilities
Instead, she looks to her handler, 16-year-old Morgan Riley, decides she can safely ignore the noise and calmly settles at Morgan’s feet.
It’s a good sign, because Friday is in training to become a service dog and pooches that help people with disabilities must always be attentive to their owners and can’t be rattled by distractions.
“We like to call it invisible dog,” Morgan says. “They have to walk right next to you and not pull at all.”
Friday is the sixth puppy Morgan has raised for Canine Companions for Independence, a national, nonprofit organization that provides trained assistance dogs for children, adults and veterans with physical and developmental disabilities.
Morgan will give a presentation on service dogs and bring Friday with her at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St.