Training of assistance dogs returns during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created problems for those in need of assistance dogs.

Trainers were unable to work with dogs and clients during the 'stay at home' order.

The dogs bring freedom, independence and companionship for many.

This week, Can Do Canines in New Hope got the state's approval to restart training and placing the dogs with those who desperately need them.

"Having a dog at this time that can help you live more independently is critical because your family and your friends just aren't available to weigh in, come and help to do things for you and the dog can meet a lot of those needs," Can Do Canines Executive Director Alan Peters said.

After waiting for more than a month, Chan Flowers of Champlin was able to get an assistance dog this week.

"It's been lonely and kind of difficult at times living without a dog," Flowers said. "The companionship is great, along with the stuff they can help me with."

Can Do Canines trains dogs for a variety of things, including mobility challenges and seizure disorders.

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