BOSTON (CBS) – The Statehouse had some special guests Wednesday. Ten lawmakers spent the day with some special dogs.

The National Education for Assistance Dog Services asked 10 House members to take one of their training dogs along for a day to raise awareness.

“It can be a distraction because everyone loves a well behaved dog, and everybody wants to pet him and say hello, and he’s a friendly kind of guy,” says Representative Sarah Peake.

Peake says not so well behaved are Statehouse workers making a fuss over the dogs. It takes two years and $25,000 to properly train one of the dogs and 46 have been placed with returning veterans from around the country.

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WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

The dogs were trained at a Princeton facility to help people with disabilities. They can help someone open doors, turn on lights and even pick up objects.


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