Diane’s education has been driven by a passion for special needs children and their families. Even though she has been teaching for over 40 years, she is constantly learning and looking for those things that will increase the independence and the quailty of life for the children and families with whom she works. The Dustin’s Paw dogs education began before they were born. They were bred, raised and trained to be assistance dogs by Canine Companions for Independence. At two years of age Ovelle and Prairie graduated and were placed as facility dogs with Diane. They attended two weeks of training together at CCI Headquarters in Santa Rosa, CA. Diane has been working CCI Assistance dogs in school and therapy settings since 1999 when she graduated with her first dog, Dustin. Ovelle has been working since 2004 and Prairie since 2009. In addition Diane and her son, Thomas, raised two puppies for Canine Companions for Independence.

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