The Capitals Have A New Pet That Is Additionally A Service Canine In Coaching

Captain is an lovely 10-week-old combine between a Labrador Retriever and a Golden Retriever. Not solely is he a candy and good pet, however he’s additionally a service canine in coaching in addition to the most recent member of the Washington Capitals. He doesn’t essentially play hockey together with the opposite workforce members, however he loves offering them help and cheering them on. The entire workforce is joyful to have him by their facet. Plus, Captain is studying a lot throughout his adventures with the workforce.

Meet Captain!

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The Capitals have a partnership with America’s Vetdogs, which is how Captain entered the image. America’s Vetdogs is a nonprofit group in New York that trains puppies to develop into service canines for first responders and disabled army veterans. 



Captain might be staying with the Capitals for a few yr and a half. Whereas he trains to develop into a service canine, he’ll get to attend practices, go to video games, and hand around in the workforce’s workplaces. After that, he’ll return to America’s Vetdogs headquarters to get some extra coaching earlier than being matched with a veteran or first responder.

Captain made his first debut throughout a parade, the place captain Alex Ovechkin held him in his arms. Whereas some puppies could be afraid of this fixed consideration, Captain appears overjoyed by all of the publicity.



At first, Captain was known as Oliver, however they later determined to call him after Ovechkin, the captain of the workforce.

“He hasn’t been afraid of something up to now,” stated Erica Sandidge, who works in advertising for the Capitals. “On the pink carpet at this time with all of the cameras, he didn’t flinch. He was round loud noises. Nothing fazes him. He was on the rink this previous week, and even with pucks hitting the glass, the sticks tapping, he simply wags his tail and appears round.”

Picture: @CapsPup/Twitter

Captain’s Progress

By now, the entire workforce has met Captain and they’re all overjoyed to have him round. They’ve bonded with him very quickly. He has confirmed to be an excellent hockey fan.



Additionally, Captain appears to study new abilities shortly, which is nice contemplating that he might be a service canine sooner or later.

Picture: @CapsPup/Twitter

After solely having him for every week, Captain is already responding to his title in addition to to some primary instructions. He is aware of find out how to sit, and should you maintain your hand out to him, he’ll contact his nostril to your hand. He’s additionally well-behaved even when he’s not on a leash.

The Capitals will certainly miss Captain when he has to depart them behind to finish his coaching, however within the meantime, Captain can have a good time studying and socializing with them. For a younger pet, he has proven nice progress up to now. He’ll do an excellent job of serving to folks sooner or later.



Featured Picture: @CapsPup/Twitter

H/T: washingtonpost.com

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