Elijah, who'll turn 2 years old in May, has been with caretaker Ashley Wilt since he was just 8 weeks old. Wilt is a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit that pairs service pups and people with disabilities free of charge.
"The goal of a puppy raiser is to raise a confident and well-adjusted puppy that will succeed in professional training and eventually have a future as a service dog," Wilt told The Dodo.
And part of Elijah's training involves getting him accustomed to new people and situations. But, as you'll see, that needn't be a bore.