Gulf Coast Woman’s Club recently sponsored a Canine Companions for Independence training class for puppy socializers.

Marietta Birdsell, CCI State Chairman from Crestview did the training for 12 attendees. There were three puppy raisers and four CCI dogs in training. These dogs were utilized for demonstration purposes.

The training program allows the attendees to go the Bay County and Gadsden County Correctional Facilities to get CCI dogs that are being raised by inmates. The dogs may be taken for a day or longer for the purpose of providing socialization in other environments other than the isolated prisons.

The day-long session was very interesting with much information given about CCI and what to do as a puppy socializer. Each attendee was given a chance to handle a dog and try out various commands. All those who attended came away with a positive feeling about becoming puppy socializers.