Schein’s Pupdates: New Year Reflections

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Schein is a Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) puppy, which means he is no ordinary dog.

Through Canine Companions, he is learning to help a child or adult with disabilities increase their independence by being a friend and lending a helping hand paw.

Schein is being raised by Sallie, a volunteer puppy raiser who will care for and train him for 18 months. He’ll then go through Professional Training and ultimately find his “furever home” with a human companion who needs his help.

Read our “Pupdates” every month to learn more about Schein’s adventures!

We’ve reached the end of 2016 and welcomed a new year of training for Schein.

He has grown by leaps and bounds and is doing well on his commands. When he first arrived in Columbus, he weighed just 13 pounds. Now, at 52 pounds and growing, he has long, lanky legs he will grow into as he becomes an adult.

Being quite involved with our regional CCI group, he’s been to countless meetings and fundraisers and traveled approximately 450 miles in our car.

So far in his training, Schein has a strong handle on quite a few commands. He’s mastered: sit, down, shake, lap, kennel, out, up, under, side, heal, and let’s go, hurry, dress, release, drop and no.

He’s continuing to learn others such as back, roll, jump, stand, speak, turn and bed.

He’s come so far, and grown so much, that I sometimes forget he’s still just a baby!

Schein’s training will be a bit more challenging in 2017, as we continue working together for another 11 months. He will be expected to comply much earlier on each command and be better about managing his self control. This won’t make things necessarily harder for me as his trainer, but I will have higher expectations for him.

Schein is our fourth CCI puppy.

Thankfully, my experience should be a help as Schein and I continue preparing for his life as an assistance dog.

We have a lot more experience with potty training and puppy behavior, like chewing on everything! The commands are the same for each puppy so we know what is expected of us as Puppy Raisers from the start.

The 18 months we have each puppy seems to go much faster each time.

Each puppy has had his or her own distinct personality, so the time we spend with each always feels like a different and special experience. Schein is most like our first puppy, Avery. Avery was very calm and quiet. He was playful when around other dogs for sure, but very calm when we were out in public. It has been such an adventure to raise these puppies and then see them move on and get jobs assisting others.

img_0226Not only am I a puppy raiser, but I’m a pet parent to my other dogs, too!

When I compare raising a non-CCI puppy to raising our own puppy… at home, I expect their manners to be very much the same. No jumping on guests, no barking at the front door, no begging for food. No eating food off the floor. That is a strict rule for CCI puppies. So, for our own dog we keep that rule consistent.

However, it’s also challenging for us and and our dog Halo because she doesn’t have the same temperament as CCI puppies. She is much more vocal, has prey drive, and is protective about her home and her people.

So, although the rules apply to her, she doesn’t always follow them as readily as the CCI puppies.

Raising Schein certainly keeps us all busy! Check out his training and adventures during December below.

Lately, it’s just been too cold outside to go out and play. Thankfully, Schein and Halo know how to make their own fun!

Did you get a puppy or a new pet in 2016? Tell us what you’ve learned as a pet parent in the comments!



Sallie and Schein
By Sallie Carey, Canine Companions for Independence Volunteer Puppy Raiser in Columbus, OH
Henry Schein, Inc. is a proud partner of Canine Companions for Independence. The company provides puppy raisers with “care packages” filled with supplies to help raise puppies during their first 18 months and works with many of the puppies’ veterinarians. Learn more about the partnership here.




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