Waterloo Staff Member Gives Back with Service Dog Training
For the past three years, Andrew Scheifele from the Safety Office has had the pleasure of bringing a dog to work - not just any dog, a puppy training to become a service dog. He and his family serve as a foster family for dogs bred to be career service dogs. These dogs spend the first year of their lives living with a foster family before receiving formal service training. The first year is a crucial learning period where the dogs learn basic obedience skills, and how to socialize with people. The puppies experience the routines and places a future handler may take them when they are in service as a working animal. Chayse is the most recent dog to be part of Andrew's daily life at home and at work at the University of Waterloo. On graduation, Chayse will be assigned to a person in need at absolutely no cost. Andrew's dedication to fostering future service dogs is a testament to his dedication to making the lives of others better through volunteer work.