RUTH SMILAN

Photography

2 weeks

Puppy Petting   - Future service dogs at Bergin University of Canine Studies.

2 weeks

10 weeks



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.

Following are photos of the irresistible puppies from 2 to 10 weeks old.

After 10 weeks, the puppies go to puppy raisers.

I hope to do this again soon.  Two more litters are due in May.

Bergin University of Canine Studies

Bonnie Bergin founded Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), eventually parted ways with them and founded Bergin U.

Willow, the sweetest mom.

2 weeks

Compare with 3 weeks above, same position.

2 weeks

4 weeks

8 weeks.  He played hard.

5 weeks.  Their second time outside.

7 weeks

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.

3 weeks