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 ready for swimming and being around kayaks. Dom is a total water dog and even got on the kayak!

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During their camping trip, Dom had to maintain appropriate behavior in some very exciting environments. There are a lot of sights, sounds, smells and other animals around when you’re out camping, and Dom seemed unphased. The occasional squirrel passing by, the sounds of his puppy raisers having fun and the smell of dinner on the campfire didn’t distract Dom when he was training.

And don’t worry that it was all training – he also had a lot of fun! He got to swim, relax in a hammock, sleep in a sleeping bag and enjoy beautiful Northern California with his puppy raiser. Life is good for puppy Dom.

He’s nearly a year old now, and we can’t wait to see how he progresses with his puppy raiser and beyond!

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Zari Learns New Tasks in Training

Meanwhile on the Jean and Charles Schulz Campus in Santa Rosa, California, Zari is learning to pick up a variety of items from the floor, turning off light switches with her nose and starting to learn delivery commands such as “step.” Zari’s trainer has also begun taking her on outdoor field trips in places that aren’t too crowded, to ease her way back into public places.

Zari is also getting plenty of playtime in the grass yards on campus and she tends to take her playtime almost as seriously as she takes her training.

We can’t wait to see if Zari has what it takes to be a Canine Companions assistance dog and look forward to the coming months!

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