Schein’s Pupdates: Expect the Unexpected

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 and Sallie’s adventures!

Schein and I have been busy raising awareness about CCI, fundraising, and attending our training classes. Just because it’s summertime doesn’t mean we slow down for a minute!

Each season brings new experiences for Schein and our training continues full speed ahead.

As he continues to develop his basic skills, we’re always working to prepare Schein for the unexpected.

Being a service dog is unlike being a household pet in many ways. Not only do these dogs need to be able to perform tasks for their human companion, but they also need to be prepared to accompany that person anywhere and everywhere.

While your average dog might not accompany its family on vacation, out to dinner, or to crowded festivals, service dogs are allowed to stay with their companion in these situations.

They need to be able to remain calm, listen for commands, and adapt, even when the environment is full of distractions.

That’s why Canine Companions for Independence emphasizes socialization for our puppies. All the new smells, sounds, and sights during our outings are helping Schein be prepared to “expect the unexpected” as a service dog.

During June, Schein had a lot of these unexpected moments.

He befriended a racehorse, played dress up with some kids, and met some larger-than-life characters!

See how he did below!



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.

Keep up with our Pupdates!

Schein’s Pupdates: A Meaningful May

Schein’s Pupdates: Teaching Kids About Service Dogs

Schein’s Pupdates: Hello from San Diego