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Every assistance dog starts as a puppy that needs a loving home.  For people with extra space in their hearts and homes, volunteer puppy raising is an incredible way to help people with disabilities live more independent lives.
 
The ages of 2 to 18 months is an essential period in a dog's development.  By introducing the puppy to a variety of people, places and situations, puppy raisers help to prepare CCI puppies for a lifetime of great work.  
 
Between the ages of 15 to 18 months, the puppies we raise in the East Bay Miracles travel to our regional Canine Companion training facility in Santa Rosa.  There they will receive 6 to 9 months of professional instruction to master over 40cammands.  The puppy then enters Team Training to be matched with an adult or child with a disability.