Navy veteran continues to give back by training service dogs

14-week-old Cedric trains to be a service dog
14-week-old Cedric trains to be a service dog(KBJR/CBS)
Published: Oct. 28, 2021 at 7:04 PM CDT
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ELY, MN. (KBJR) - Navy veteran, Jessica Kellogg, trains various types of service dogs to give back to the community.

Kellogg volunteers for Can-Do Canines. It’s a program that provides service dogs to people with disabilities, free of charge.

Dogs are fully trained and sometimes adopted from local animal shelters.

It has been a passion of hers since she trained guide dogs through middle and high school with her parents.

Kellogg has trained five dogs this year, one of them being 14-week-old Cedric, who she’s training for 10 weeks.

“It’s a cool thing for them to be able to do, and knowing that these dogs make such a huge difference for people,” Kellogg said.

Cedric waits patiently for a treat before Kellogg
Cedric waits patiently for a treat before Kellogg(kbjr 6)

Cedric is teaching skills that provide autism and mobility assistance, along with hearing, seizure, and diabetes alert.

“They’re really good at relating to people and knowing what to do and when to do it,” Kellogg said.

Humane Education Manager, Nicole Facciotto, said service dogs are important and the need for them remains high.

Faciotto said dogs create unique bonds with their owners, making lives a bit better for everyone.

“They’re just there and they take you for who you are and they don’t judge. If you’ve had a long day and you just have this little face looking back at you offering love and compassion and are just there to listen and just do whatever it is you need them to do,” Faciotto said.

For information about Can-Do Canines, or to apply for assistance dogs, you can click here.

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