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May 10

Great Training Places for Service Dogs

Ellie investigating a German Shepherd at the Marine Corps Museum-VA. Photo property of Morgance Ellis.

Ellie investigating a German Shepherd at the Marine Corps Museum-VA. Photo property of Morgance Ellis.

On our recent trip to the east coast in April, Ellie and I visited the Marine Corps Museum in VA. It is an amazing, beautifully designed museum.  The layout is well lit and displayed with a wealth of historical information. It also had several area’s designed for teaching young children. There is information and artifacts that will be of interest for any history buff and people interested in learning about our countries United States Marine Corps.

The museum is well suited for training Service Dogs who have a good handle on public access behaviors already established. This means a dog that is beyond basic obedience and is still working on the tasks and work they will be performing for the handlers. There are many different floor surfaces, temperatures within the galleries, sights sounds, smells and lightening for your Service Dog to experience. There are also beautiful walking trails to enjoy where you will find many statues and plaques honoring our men, women, dogs and horses of the United States Marine Corps.

Should you visit the Marine Corps incredible museum, please show the highest of respect for this site that was established to honor our United States Marines who have served and those who are still serving our country.

If your Service Dog is not able to handle any part of this incredible museum and is not able to quickly regain its balance emotionally or physically, please show your respect and remove your dog from the building. It is very important that we always make positive associations everywhere we take our dogs and with the general public. Should you have to remove your dog from the museum, please keep working with your dog and come back another time to enjoy this beautiful site.

Ellie and I exploring a water craft. Photo property of Morgance Ellis.

Ellie and I exploring a water craft. Photo property of Morgance Ellis.

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