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Viking Pups Program Continues to Grow


New housing at Augustana College has gone to the dogs. The "Viking Pups" is the name of a student group that trains service dogs. The college recently bought a home by the campus for the club's student trainers and their dogs to live in. They moved in two weeks ago.

Three student trainers and two puppies live in the house. Students tell us while some of their club members live off campus with dogs, for those members that live on campus, the house has made training a lot easier and more consistent.

Prior to the house, several of the dogs lived with volunteers and had be dropped off at school everyday with their trainers. The girls who live in the new house say it's big step for their club and shows just how far the group has come.

The "Viking Pups" was started only a year ago, and so far three dogs have been trained and placed. Five dogs are currently being trained. Student trainer Ashleigh Hresan knows first hand how big of an impact a service dog can make in someone's life. She has a medical condition that requires her to take medication at a specific time everyday and she is training a dog to help her remember to do that.

Group members say they hope to see the program continue to grow and help others who are in need of service dog.

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