Adventures with Dom and Zari

Dom’s Puppy Raising Journey Is Finishing Strong    The adventures continue! It’s been a busy time for Dom as he prepares to enter professional training. His mother-daughter volunteer puppy raising team, Jennifer and Emma, also prepare for Emma to graduate from high school! Since we last caught up with Dom, he’s been attending high school with Emma where he quietly stays in a “down” during classes. When they’re not busy working, Dom and his puppy raisers have […]

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Dom and Zari Are Making the Grade

Back To School for Dom It’s an exciting time! Finally, puppy Dom is back in school with one of his volunteer puppy raisers, Emma, where he is adored by her teachers and classmates. The experience has been great for him because he can’t be touched by anyone except Emma. He is learning to remain calm, relax in a “sit” or “down” and not to solicit attention with those big brown eyes. Along with the rest […]

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Happy Holidays From Dom and Zari

Dom Does Christmas  While Dom’s handlers were busy with holiday preparation around their house, Dom was well behaved around the most tempting sights, smells and décor. He learned to leave decorations alone and to not bother the Christmas tree in their home. Even amongst the excitement, Dom maintained his “down” commands and avoided excitable greetings […]

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Dom Embraces Fall and Zari Settles In

Pup-dates Puppy Dom has had a busy month enjoying fun fall activities and taking his first visit to the hospital his puppy raiser works at, while Service Dog Zari has been loving settling into her new role and her new home. Dom Does DogFest Dom was involved in his local DogFest event in Sacramento. This […]

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Dom Turns One and Zari Makes a Match!

It’s a truly exciting time for both Dom and Zari! Dom turned one and Zari rotated through Team Training and met her perfect match! Dom Continues Training Dom and his puppy raisers have been spending a fair amount of time indoors recently due to poor air quality brought on by wildfires in California. However, training […]

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Staying Cool, Having Fun and Keeping Up on Their Skills

Summer Fun As Dom nears his first birthday, he’s had a ton of play dates, some great training, and lots of water play to beat the summer heat Dom and his puppy raisers headed to the river to cool off where Dom saw a lot of people rafting, as well as ducks and geese passing […]

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Dom Goes Camping and Zari Progresses in Training

Dom Enjoys the Great Outdoors While the pandemic is limiting public outings and travel, more of us are enjoying the great outdoors, and puppy Dom is no different! Recently, Dom’s puppy raiser took him camping near their home in Sacramento. To prepare for their adventure, they had a pool day with Dom to get him […]

After Training, Zari and Dom Cool Off in the Pool

Summer Time in Sacramento  Now nearly 9 months old, puppy Dom is working hard learning his commands to hopefully one day become an assistance dog for someone with a disability. But it’s not all work – Dom gets to have a lot of fun too! The Sacramento heat makes it the perfect place to introduce […]

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Zari and Dom Work From Home

While the coronavirus pandemic is requiring much of the country to stay mostly indoors, Zari and Dom have settled in nicely to their new routines. Zari Settles In and Makes New Friends When Canine Companions closed their Jean and Charles Schulz Campus, Zari and the other dogs in professional training went into foster homes with […]

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Dom Takes On the Tailgate and Zari Learns From the Best

Both Canine Companions puppy Dom and his big sister Zari are becoming even closer to becoming assistance dogs each and every day! Dom takes on his first soccer game Dom is now already five months old, and has been becoming a familiar face in Sacramento. Recently, Dom had a very exciting Saturday! Dom and his […]

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