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Stage 1 Introduction

Hi! I'm Daphne. I am proud to have been selected to enter into the Retrieving Freedom training program.  My parents are "Gracie" who is originally from Kerrybrook Labradors and is now fostered by the Ingersoll family and "Trout" from Kerrybrook Labradors. During this stage of training I will be spending approximately 8 months with my new volunteer foster, Rae.

Throughout Stage 1, I will learn the basics obedience, public behavior, and a lot of socialization. I understand that it takes a very special dog to complete the program as there is a high standard to become a Service Dog. I am aware that I may be one of the dogs whose purpose is outside of service work so I will be updating my profile on a monthly basis for all that would like to follow my journey through the program. 

June 2020 - 2 months old


This month I transitioned from my wonderful breeding foster home, to a temporary foster home, to my new puppy raiser! I have already experienced so much, and am looking forward to see what I can learn from Rae and her family. First, I'll learn my name and work on potty training.

July 2020 - 3 months old

I have been training at Retrieving Freedom to ensure I'm on the right track at the beginning of my service training. So far, they are impressed with the response I give when I hear a command! I listen right away, and hold my "sit" until my handler is ready to move on.

August 2020 - 4 months old


I've been spending time attending puppy training classes with Rae. I have some areas of focus to work on, but that's what these classes are for!

September 2020 - 5 months old


I have been working with the trainer at Retrieving Freedom on a monthly basis. Although it's hard to tell, I'm already growing very tall and strong! I'm super playful and love to do hot laps around any room, but know when it's time to focus on task work.