Category: Canine Companions

Dealing with unforseen problems, part 2

J.P. hospitalized

The old saying, “One step forward, two steps back,” is so true in the lives of J.P., Paige and I. We have become so excited about the prospect of bringing home our skilled companion dog over the past week, but what happened Saturday night… Continue Reading “Dealing with unforseen problems, part 2”

Aiming for success

Mom and pup

It’s Saturday, but it was a business as usual — at least for the first half of the day. We got started with a lesson in loading and unloading J.P. and the dog from our vehicle, then it was off to Lowe’s with all… Continue Reading “Aiming for success”

Doggone nice people

The dog candidates

J.P. had a good night and seemed to feel better today. Our dog also seemed to have more spring in its step this morning and did well as we learned more commands — and we even visited the dogs’ play area at the facility.… Continue Reading “Doggone nice people”

Dealing with unforseen problems

CCI Puzzle

I’m posting this blog entry with a furry friend nearby. We were able to bring our canine companion back to our room which completed the final piece of the training puzzle. It’s been really exciting learning more about the dog that will in all… Continue Reading “Dealing with unforseen problems”

A preliminary match

Paws and hands

J.P. was preliminarily matched with a canine companion first thing Wednesday morning. If all goes well, the dog will return to our dormitory room on Thursday night and eventually graduate with us on May 17. There was a short ceremony Wednesday morning when the… Continue Reading “A preliminary match”

J.P. begins his work at dog training

The dog candidates

  We took the dogs outside for a walk Tuesday, and it seemed pretty clear which one will be our preliminary match. The day began with a lecture on canine motivators. Some of the ongoing things to remember are the importance of immediate correction… Continue Reading “J.P. begins his work at dog training”

Cinco de Canine: Surprise at dog training

J.P. at Canine Companions

What an exciting first day of training at Canine Companions for Independence. We learned a great deal about the program and how dogs behave. The day began with breakfast and a chance to get acquainted with the staff and other students with whom we’ll… Continue Reading “Cinco de Canine: Surprise at dog training”

Teaching this old dog new tricks

Our Room

When I graduated from college, I told myself I was done with school, homework, studying, tests and anything like it. I don’t think I ever really enjoyed school until attending DeLand High School and getting involved in TV production. I knew I had found… Continue Reading “Teaching this old dog new tricks”

Make room for puppy

J.P.'s room

I spent my weekend in full-on prep mode for what will be a life-changing couple of weeks. I really believe it’s almost like getting ready to bring home a baby. We know something is coming, but the specific details just aren’t available. We spent… Continue Reading “Make room for puppy”

The packing process begins

Canine Companions manual and list

In just one week, we’ll be waking up in a dormitory and beginning our training to get J.P.’s canine companion. We’ve already received our textbook and will be studying to prepare for our classes. You must pass daily quizzes and an exam before you… Continue Reading “The packing process begins”

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