Puppies graduate early from puppy kindergarten at Duke University because of coronavirus


Durham, N.C. (WNCN) – COVID-19 is impacting Duke University’s puppy kindergarten program. 

The Duke Canine Cognition Center teamed up with non-profit Canine Companions for Independence to study if training early on will help more Labrador Retrievers pass the service dog test.

It’s not easy. Only about 50% of Labrador Retrievers can pass the test, according to lab coordinator, Maggie Bunzey.

WATCH: Learn more about the program here

The study is happening over the course of ten semesters. The first group of puppies graduated in Fall 2019. A new group arrived at the start of Spring semester.

Unfortunately, it came to an end early because of coronavirus pandemic. The seven puppies graduated early.

Duke Canine Cognition posted this on Instagram:

One of the seven puppies, Arthur, is being raised by a family in Raleigh until he is ready to be a therapy dog.

Duke Puppy Kindergarten Spring Class of 2020
Pic: Martha Johnson

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