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Meet Finn, the San Jose Sharks' New Team Dog

The yellow Lab will be trained as an assistance dog

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    Sharks Introduce a Team Dog, and His Name is Finn

    Something new is coming to the Shark Tank: A team dog.

    (Published Wednesday, July 24, 2019)

    Something new is coming to the Shark Tank: A team dog.

    Finn, an adorable yellow Labrador, will be teaming up with the San Jose Sharks team mascot, SJ Sharkie, to be trained as an assistance dog, according to a news release from the NHL team.

    Over the next two years, Finn will be trained by a volunteer puppy raiser who will socialize him and teach him about 30 commands to prepare him for life as an assistance dog. Shark fans can expect to see Finn sniffing about the Tank during games and events.

    Finn's already learned one thing, the Sharks said: He celebrates a goal by rolling over.

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    The most important thing to know about training your new pup, according to Petco dog trainer Chloe Sternlicht, is that dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So be patient when Fido makes a mistake and smother him with praise and treats when he get it right. Sternlicht gives some tips for getting your dog to respond to basic commands.

    (Published Thursday, June 7, 2018)

    And his favorite player? "Bark-Edouard Vlasic," of course.

    Finn is the Sharks' first dog. The team partnered with Canine Companions for Independence, an organization that provides expertly-trained assistance dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities free of charge, to help Finn on his journey. 

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