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CCI Southwest Regional Graduation

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CCI Southwest Regional Graduation

When: Friday August 12th, 2011, 12 noon
Where: Mission San Luis Rey Parish's Serra Center, 4070 Mission Avenue, Oceanside CA

Nonprofit Organization Graduates New Human-Canine Teams

Canine Companions will celebrate International Assistance Dog Week at its graduation ceremony on Friday, August 12, 2011 and the public is invited.  This inspiring ceremony will honor the newest recipients of Canine Companions’ highly-trained assistance dogs. Canine Companions’ clients receive their dogs, training and ongoing follow-up services free of charge. Admission is free.

The August graduating class represents Canine Companions’ diverse clientele. Adults and children with a wide range of physical and developmental disabilities benefit from these canine helpers. Graduating assistance dogs have been in training for two years and know up to 50 different commands. They assist with practical tasks like opening doors, activating light switches, retrieving dropped objects and pulling manual wheelchairs.  The graduation ceremony is the culmination of an intensive, two-week, residential Team Training course completed by these new human-canine teams at Canine Companions’ Oceanside campus.

The graduation ceremony will also feature volunteer puppy raisers turning in the Canine Companions puppies they have been raising and training for the past 14 to 16 months.  Next, the puppies will embark on six to nine months of Professional Training with staff instructors in the hopes that they will one day become assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

More Info:   or  (760) 901-4307