| Mar 7, 2023
2023 Kicks off With Teams Graduates!
First Graduates of 2023
The beginning of each year brings hope and excitement for new possibilities, new programs, new events, and of course, new graduates! In the first two months of 2023, we saw two teams pass their Public Access Test within weeks of each other; Team Doug and Oliver from our Utah program, followed by John and Max, from our Idaho program. John and Max's achievement is especially notable because they are Idaho's inaugural graduates. Both teams have worked extremely hard over the last several months. We celebrate with them and look forward to their recertification 6 months from now.
In other news, this year marks 5 years since we established a dog training program at Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino. Although the pandemic put a pin in the program for awhile, we currently have two awesome pups, Lexi and Domino, finishing up training and two more dogs entering the program in the coming week. Down south, at the Northern Nevada Correctional Facility in Carson City we are getting ready to launch another prison program. Here, trainer Seamus will take lead in training inmates to train future service dogs. This will allow our Reno program to have the dogs needed to train veterans in that area.
Back in Utah, we are fine tuning our Foster Program. Our goal is to gently introduce dogs to the community to foster for various amounts of time rather than relying on the community during emergencies only. With our Board and Train facility, we have a revolving abundance of dogs that could use exposure to other handlers and households. These dogs at the Board and Train facility are being pre-trained with basic obedience skills (much like our Prison Program) before having the opportunity to pair with a future veteran. In January, SLUG MAG wrote a wonderful piece on Canines With a Cause, detailing the need for fosters but also the benefits. "“It’s a great opportunity for people who love dogs but can’t have one, or are thinking about getting a dog,” [Director, Cathy King] says. Even if it’s just for the weekend, help is always needed." The link to SLUG MAG's article can be found here.