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Captain Goes to Training Camp

One and a half year old Captain is off to New York to complete his formal training

by Taryn Bray @tarynbray /

The day we all knew was coming is upon us - Captain is off to his version of training camp!

When Captain arrived to us, he instantly captured the hearts of the team and Capitals fans.

He spent five months hanging around the practice facility and arena before the pandemic hit and unfortunately since then hasn't been able to interact with the players he formed such strong bonds with.

He attended games, greeted players at their locker room door, interacted with fans and so much more.

Captain made his debut to the world on October 5, 2019 and has been training diligently with his handler, Deana Stone ever since.

Now after 17 months, he's off to his final stages of becoming a service dog.

The first step in the process is the evaluation period which includes more formal training with a trainer at the America's Vet Dogs headquarters in Long Island, NY.

After this evaluation, a veteran or first responder will be chosen according to needs and Captain's skill set.

Once his future human companion is chosen, the two of them will embark on training together for a few weeks in conjunction with America's Vet Dogs.

After this training period, Captain will go off to his forever home where he will undoubtedly change the life of one lucky veteran or first responder with disabilities. 

Tweet from @CapsPup: what an amazing last 17 months of being a hockey dog !! from my debut, developing my skills and meeting all my best hockey pals, ive had the bestest time with the caps ! but its almost time for me to go off and do what ive been training for my whole life!

Make sure to keep following along Captain's training camp journey on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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