Willow, the mom, flew from Ohio two weeks before her due date. Poor Willow had eleven puppies. Ten hard to photo black pups.
She went back home after the puppies were eight weeks old.
They have people (some volunteers) start petting the puppies at two weeks old. They believe that early stimulation makes the dogs smarter in learning their skills. Also the puppies get socialized early and used to more people and various types of people from the students to 'seniors'.
Thinking about going outside if they weren't so sleepy.
Bonnie Bergin founded Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), eventually parted ways with them and founded Bergin U.
Following are photos of the irresistible puppies from 2 to 10 weeks old.
5 weeks. Their second time outside.
Compare with 3 weeks above, same position.
Bergin University of Canine Studies
8 weeks. He played hard.
Willow, the sweetest mom.
Puppy Petting - Future service dogs at Bergin University of Canine Studies.
After 10 weeks, the puppies go to puppy raisers.
I hope to do this again soon. Two more litters are due in May.
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