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Canine Companions for Independence® has been providing assistance dogs to people with disabilities since 1975. You can help us unite people with trained assistance dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence. Every assistance dog starts as a puppy that needs a loving home. You can raise a dog and change a life. Volunteer puppy raising is an incredible way to help children and adults with disabilities live more independent lives.
Bite Inhibition: Teach Your Puppy to Be Gentle Bite inhibition refers to a dog’s ability to control the force of his mouthing. A puppy or dog who hasn’t learned bite inhibition with people doesn’t recognize the sensitivity of human skin, and so he bites too hard, even in play. Some behaviorists and trainers believe that a dog who has learned to use his mouth gently when interacting with people will be less likely to bite hard and break skin if he ever bites someone in a situation apart from play—like when he’s afraid or in pain.
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Sponsor a puppy today and help us train more life-changing dogs. As a puppy sponsor, you’ll get a unique insight into their training through regular updates, photos and reports from the team here at Dogs for Good.A puppy transitions from the breeder’s home to Hero Dogs between 8 – 12 weeks of age. The puppy has a thorough examination from our veterinarian and then spends the first week or two in the home of one of our staff members. Here the puppy is started on house training and crate training, leash walking, basic commands, and an all-around good schedule of eating, sleeping, exercising, working, and playing. A puppy raiser is then selected to raise, train, care for, and love the puppy for the next *14 – 16 months. Puppy raisers are responsible for teaching their puppies house manners, all of their basic commands, and numerous foundation skills for service dogs. To assist them in this important job, puppy raisers bring their puppies to training class at Hero Dogs once a week while they have the puppies. Puppy raisers take their puppies everywhere they go in the community so that the puppies are exposed to and comfortable in virtually any environment they may encounter later in life when working with their Veteran partners. If you think you would like to take on this most meaningful of all projects, please see the page for more detail.Creating a service dog is a labor of love that begins even before a puppy is born. Many different people contribute in many different ways along the journey from newborn puppy to working service dog. Will you help us turn a puppy into a gift of independence for one of our nation’s Veterans? A puppy’s preparation to become a Hero Dog begins in the generations before the puppy is even born. We do not currently have a breeding program of our own; all dogs in the Hero Dogs program are donated to us by conscientious breeders whose priorities are the health, temperament, working ability, and longevity of their dogs. To learn more about what our requirements are to donate a special puppy to our program, please see the page.Stool eating can begin when a puppy is still in the litter. At this stage, it is natural for the mother to eat the stool of her puppies. She does this both to keep the “den” clean and to protect the puppies from predators that might be drawn by the scent. (It doesn’t matter that there are no predators in your home, this is primitive evolutionary behavior -- other animals do the same thing with their young.) The mother does this from the time the puppies are born until they are weaned, and since puppies are in the process of learning how to be dogs, they may naturally follow her lead and do what she does.