Students meet puppies they’ll train to be service dog superheroes

Hill Country

WIMBERLEY (KXAN) — Students from the Wimberley and Dripping Springs High Schools met the furry, four legged superheroes that they’ll be training for the next year and a half or so.

Nonprofit organization Freedom Canines International (FCI) is working with the students to train, raise and socialize hand-selected puppies in their first years of life to become various types of assistance dogs, including Diabetic Alert Dogs.

The students got their dogs’ “puppy in training” capes to wear while working, and also had a photo shoot with the puppies in their hero uniforms as memorable mark into their journey of becoming assistance dogs.

KXAN’s Yoojin Cho spoke to a student who is participating in the program and will be spending the next 16 to 18 months with his dog, Zing.

The students in the program are trained by the FCI instructors so that the pups are well prepared to fulfill their role.

To learn more, visit the group’s Facebook page.

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