Meet Phyllis Allen this week's Ben's Bells Bellee! Phyllis was nominated by Darlene Smyth for generously sharing time and dog training talents! Phyllis, through Savvy Canines of Arizona, taught Darlene and her husband (a paraplegic) to train their dog to do many needed service tasks there and in public places. Their dog is now certified as a service dog through Savvy Canines of Arizona. Phyllis has been volunteering her time for over 30 years, often more than 5 days per week, to train hundreds of people and their dogs. This is usually one-on-one training, using a clicker with treats and lots of positive reinforcement techniques. Phyllis will patiently spend as much time as needed with individuals and their dog, in their own home, so they can reach the goals that they have set for themselves. She sets the instructional times for the convenience of the individuals. She also teaches these training techniques during group service dog classes every other week throughout the year. She often does a full day of training then, if needed, will kindly help a neighbor recovering from surgery by exercising their dog. Phyllis has truly enhanced the lives of many disabled people by generously sharing her time and training talents!
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