Training Dogs To Act Like People

In this ultra-modern world where laser beams adjust people’s sight and hyperbaric chambers mend their bones, Susan Luehrs, founder of Hawaii Fi-Do, eschews technology in favor of a more natural way to heal people’s bodies: man’s best friend.

Wednesday - November 24, 2010
By Chad Pata
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vests and IDs abound on the Internet, hurting the reputation of legitimately trained dogs like Luehrs’.

“Our dogs earn their vest over two years of training,” she says. “The law unfortunately does not require the dogs to wear a vest or to have any ID, both of which we provide.”

But Luehrs holds out hope that laws will be changed, and perhaps that will add to the legitimacy of the services she is providing in the eyes of the insurance companies as well.

“We have looked into the HMOs, saying that dogs are adaptive technology, but this is new in the industry and getting funded from the insurance just hasn’t worked out yet,” says Luehrs.

If you would like to make a donation of your time or money, you can reach Hawaii Fi-Do at 638-0200 or online at

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