NEW MILFORD, N.J. – Robert and Ann Benson have a new roommate in their New Milford home.
But only temporarily.
For the coming months, the couple will be raising an assistance-dog in training for Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit that provides assistance-dogs for children, adults and veterans with disabilities.
The puppy – a Labrador Retriever named Hannon – will one day know over 40 advanced commands, and be matched with a person with disabilities.
Puppy raisers, as the organization refers to them, take puppies into their homes at 8 weeks old and teach them basic commands and socialization skills.
When the dogs reach about 18 months old, they are returned to the organization’s regional headquarters, where they begin 6 months of professional training, and are then matched with a person with disabilities.
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