MU professor trains service dogs

Friday, April 9, 2010 | 4:17 p.m. CDT; updated 5:08 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 9, 2010

COLUMBIA — Training a dog, for some, results in a few basic commands: sit, heel and shake. For others, the results are far greater.


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Cristi Cook has been an assistant professor at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine for 15 years and still finds the time to train her puppy, Chula, towards becoming a service dog. Chula came to Cook through the organization New Horizons, based in Orange City, Fla.

Cook handles Chula’s training for around a year and a half before she is sent back to the organization for more specialized training. Chula is the second puppy Cook has volunteered to train for New Horizons.


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