Colorado Switchbacks FC Welcome Adorable New Teammate

The Colorado Switchbacks FC welcomed a new Canine Companions future service dog to Colorado Springs in October.

black lab puppy laying next to a soccer ball

The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC welcomed an adorable new teammate to Colorado Springs! Captain, a 10-week-old black Labrador Retriever puppy arrived to Weidner Field with his volunteer puppy raiser to meet some of his new teammates.

Over the next 16-18 months, the Switchbacks will support and follow Captain’s journey to become a service dog. Captain will be raised by his volunteer puppy raiser who will socialize him and teach him around 30 commands to prepare him for life as a service dog. He will be taking part in different community events, activities, and games with the Switchbacks. After that, Captain will move on to professional training for the next 6-9 months where he will learn more advanced commands in order to become an expertly trained service dog. When he graduates professional training, he will be matched with an adult, child or veteran with a disability and help provide his partner with a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.

The Switchbacks fans helped select the name of the puppy through a fan voting process held earlier this month.

This marks the second Canine Companions puppy the Switchbacks have followed as the organization followed puppy Striker in 2021-22.

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