Posted August 23rd, 2014, 01:48 AM
Quam, you will meet the puppy before it goes to formal training? Wow! That is so different than CCI. We can't meet our dogs until they've been formally trained and then we spend two weeks at CCI, working with various dogs and then are matched with the dog that the trainers feel works best with us. At the end of the two weeks we graduate and get to meet the Puppy Raisers. It's a very emotional and heartwarming ceremony.
The two weeks are the most grueling two weeks I've ever spent in my life. But, as you know, so worth it.
Good luck with meeting the puppy. Will you be keeping your retired Service Dog?
Yup, that's one of the great things about going with a private service dog trainer instead of a large program - you pick your own dog (with the trainer's help or the trainer later okays the dog), who you own from the start, and you either board-and-train it or help train it while it lives with you. My current service dog I helped train while she lived with me and she was between one and two years old when I first got her from her breeder. My next dog is obviously a puppy and will live with the trainer while being trained (board-and-train), since my trainer moved to a different state since first training my current service dog. (I also don't want to do the whole puppy potty training stage!
) It will take around two years until my next dog is fully trained - but I will go there to visit from time to time. The trainer does all the training, no puppy raisers involved.
Yes, my current service dog (she's not retired yet!
) is all mine until death do us part! I could never get rid of her! ❤️