As per usual for Animal Planet, the network has chosen to green light a series that will prove to be touching, heartwarming, and send me to my local shelter to look for some cuddly friends.
Deadline reports that Rescue Dog to Super Dog (a working title, they hasten to point out) is in the process of being developed by Grant Mansfield’s company, Plimsoll Productions. The series will take pups from the rescue shelter and train them to assist and give comfort to people living with all different kinds of disabilities, from neurological problems to physical handicaps. The endurance to become a companion rescue dog is tough, but trainers Nate Schoemer and Laura London will work with both the rescue dog and the prospective owner to make sure there is a good match. Each new episode will show London and Schoemer discussing the owner’s specific needs, then going to a shelter to find a dog that can fulfill those specific criteria.
Next, the trainers will work with the dogs and make sure they’re up to the particular task. Since each owner presents a different case, each dog will have different parameters to work with and different goals to pursue. While an owner with a physical disability may need help turning the lights on in a dark room, another owner may need the service dogs to apply pressure to keep owner’s from experiencing heavy-duty panic attacks. The dogs will receive two weeks of training from London and Schoemer before going on to their new forever homes.
Rescue Dog to Super Dog is expected to premiere in late 2017.