Hayden II

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Sponsor Announcement

I am named in honor of Bob and Barb Hayden. I feel so honored to represent their name and I hope to make them proud throughout my training!

Hayden's Journey

Stage 1 Introduction

Hello! My name is Hayden. I am proud to have been selected to enter into the Retrieving Freedom training program. My parents are Greta from RidgeView Labradors and Romeo from Clearwater Labradors. During this stage of training I will be spending approximately 8-10 months with my new volunteer foster, Sue.

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. 

September 2020 - 7 weeks old


I transitioned into my foster home this month! Sue and her family will guide me over the next several months, giving me the best foundation for my training. First, we will work on learning my name, potty training, crate training, and walking on a leash!

October 2020 - 2 months old


At the beginning of this month, I had the pleasure of being the (cutest) center of attention at a banquet. I was able to meet my sponsors, the Hayden's. I'm doing great at potty training and have been getting used to my vest! I take trips into public 2-3 times per week. I tend to show a little hesitation at first, but eventually I warm up to the idea of going inside and do great!