Canine Companions for Independence: Prue’s Second Month in Training
A few months ago, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced a new product, the BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica, and around the same time they also partnered up with Canine Companions for Independence to start a new initiative, the ‘Give a Dog a Job’ campaign, and that got us thinking … why not follow a local dog in training to become a service dog? So we reached out to the South Florida chapter of Canines for Campanions and we met Sheryl (trainer) and Prue (dog).
Second Month in Training
Prue is currently four months old and she recently completed her puppy shots! She weighed in at a nice healthy weight of 25.2 pounds. She is the lightest of her litter, which is a big change since initially she was at the larger end.
Prue has been introduced to her commands that she needs to know by 6 months of age and is doing very well with them. Prue is working on basic commands and has started socializing, too. She attended a meeting the other day with many other service dogs and behaved perfectly!
She has had a sleepover at another Canine Companions puppy raisers home and was a champ! No homesickness at all 🙂 Prue also has been in the pool a couple of times and although it feels great to cool off from our hot Florida temperatures, she isn’t a swimmer yet.
The puppy pictured with Prue in the photo below is Atkins, which is trained by Lindsay, Sheryl’s (Prue’s trainer) daughter. Though Atkins and Prue have grown close, Lindsay will be relocating soon to attend Tulane University. Unfortunately the puppies may miss each other a bit, but adjustments to losing and meeting new dogs and people are one thing service dogs learn to handle well.
Until next month …