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WAVE 3 News is teaming up with Canine Companions for Independence.

Soon, you will be able to watch on WAVE 3 News Sunrise what it takes to raise one of these incredible dogs from the oldest service dog agency in the country, to assist a person with a disability to live independently.

(You’ll notice all of the names begin with the letter W. That’s because Canine Companions for Independence requires all of the puppies born to a litter have a name that starts with the same letter because it makes things easier for them.)

Once the dog turns eight weeks old, he/she will be matched with a Kentucky puppy raiser who over the course of a year-and-a-half will teach the dog important commands, how to behave in public and socialize. The dog will be joining us frequently at the WAVE 3 News studios, and at many community events, such as the Kentucky State Fair, where you can meet the dog in person.

When the dog turns a year-and-a-half, it will go to the Canine Companions for Independence facility in Ohio, where, for six months, it will complete its training before being matched with a person.

All of us at WAVE 3 News are excited to share this journey with you, as we feel it’s a “Paws-itively WAVE” endeavor.

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