Regis University “student,” service dog Éclair, to graduate Friday, Aug. 15

August 15, 2014

Éclair, a yellow Labrador cared for and trained for two years by a group of Regis University physical therapy students, will graduate from service dog training and meet her new partner in crime, a 12-year-old boy, on Friday at 1 p.m. Regis is proud of Éclair and her team’s success, given less than half of puppies who begin training graduate to full service dog status.

Éclair arrived on campus July 2012 at 8 weeks old through the Canine Companions program and has been raised by Regis professor Wendy Anemaet and eight students as part of their physical therapy coursework. The students worked with Éclair to learn more than 40 commands to earn her the right to become a certified service dog. Her coursework included learning to perform tasks like opening doors, retrieving dropped objects and activating light switches.

Since Éclair, the physical therapy program students have taken in yet another service pup – JJ – who, at just 6 months old, is deep in his studies.

Éclair’s commencement occurs Friday, August 15 at a ceremony in San Diego at the Southwest Region Canine Companion for Independence Training Facility and can be viewed online Friday at 1 p.m.

View photos of Éclair and JJ during their journey at Regis.