Lucille and Nicole
When Lucille submitted her application for a home companion dog, the very first sentence in her essay read, “It’s hard to write about the joy …
Once the dog and applicant have been matched, and the dog’s training is complete, the applicant then enters team training with nine to twelve other teams. This three-week program is designed to teach the student and dog to work as a team. CPL also teaches the student the essentials of dog care and service dog etiquette in addition to the legalities involved with service dog ownership.
The students are required to spend the three weeks either in a local hotel at their expense or in volunteer housing if available. The typical training day includes lectures, obedience classes and field trips into local shopping areas, museums, towns, etc and usually runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Training is held on weekends. Team training culminates with a certification evaluation and a graduation ceremony. An extensive follow-up program will continue to monitor and evaluate a team’s abilities and needs throughout the entire working relationship.