Most of the time we get the resident’s first choice in gender and color (black, yellow or chocolate), and we have the puppy waiting on them when they arrive at Capstone for their admission.
Residents are out of their cabins by 7:00 am and go straight to their puppies’ kennels to clean and disinfect each kennel and get fresh water and food. The boys get their pups out on a leash (perhaps more accurately, the pups get their boys to take them out on a leash) for a short walk and some good-morning connection. Around 4:45 pm the residents return to the kennels to do the care and grooming routine again and say good night.
During the mid-portion of the day, before or after lunch, residents have “Puppy Time,” which is the canine therapy time aimed at one-on-one bonding with their pups.
They take them to a private spot on campus, separated from the other guys and their pups by about 50 yards (at the benches that are spread out all over the puppy part of campus). We want no interaction between boys or pups – just individual focused time with the pup and his boy to enhance the bonding. This period lasts for 1 to 1½ hours Monday through Friday and a little longer on the weekend.
As we near the end of family week, we want to thank all of you for the prayers and encouragement you lift up on behalf of our clients and their families. Learn more about our approach to canine therapy at Capstone: https://www.capstonetreatmentcenter.com/our-program/canine-therapy/