I am missing something here...What is CCI and what are you trying to do?
Sorry. I've posted off and on about my volunteer activities, so I just assume most folks who read my posts recognize my name and know about my work with CCI.
CCI is Canine Companions for Independence. I'm a volunteer Breeder Caretaker. One of their breeder dogs lives with me as if she were my pet, but legally she belongs to CCI. They breed her to two or three of their male breeders when she's in heat. She then whelps in our home and we care for the puppies until they're 8 weeks old. At that point, we turn them in to CCI who then sends them out to volunteer PuppyRaisers across the country. The PR
will have the puppy for about 18 months. At that point, the PR
turns the puppy back in to CCI for assessment as to the dog's suitability for advancement to service dog training. If the assessment is affirmative then the dog works with one of CCI's professional trainers for about 4 months. At that point a match is made to an applicant. Service dogs are provided free of charge to adults, children, and veterans with disabilities (except for blindness).
There are a lot of protocols we're required to follow during the 8 weeks the puppies are in our home. In week 7, we have to introduce the crate. The first day the puppies were in pairs in a crate. The second day they move on to 5 minutes of crate time alone. (They're allowed a toy and treat.) This crate time is an emotional experience because they, of course, cry during some of this introductory period. I just want to run and release them but I understand this crate time is important for their overall development, so I have to go with my head, not my heart, during their crate training.