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Service Animal Training Day Attracts Loyal Following

OCTA’s Service Animal Training Day in April attracted 219 attendees, surpassing last year’s record. Dog trainers come from around the world to attend this unique OCTA-hosted event.

This biannual service animal training event enhances the skills of trainers and their service/therapy animals with complimentary rides on OC Bus, allowing them to experience the sights and sounds of Downtown Disney District and Anaheim Garden Walk.

For nearly 30 years, OCTA has assisted with the training of thousands of service animals while helping those in the community gain increased access to public transportation as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Here’s what some recent participants had to say:

Our animals got great training and we had a wonderful time. The Disneyland staff was very excited to have so many well-behaved dogs on the property. It's a wonderful thing you all do.

Tony Deluca – Veterans & First Responders

This day is so important for our puppies to experience a positive and safe exposure to the city buses without the chaos of a normal route or the public. This is invaluable training and so important, as many individuals with disabilities use public transportation.

Denise Phillips, Canine Companions for Independence

I have been in the guide dog field for over 22 years and these opportunities are incredibly helpful. Your drivers were patient, communicative and thoughtful during the training. You see, our dogs need time to process and take in new environments and exposures. These training days allow this and leave our dogs with good experiences.

Mindy Romero, Guide Dogs of America.