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Stage 1 Introduction

Hello! My name is Otto. 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 fosters, David and Susie.

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 in Iowa to my new puppy foster home in Sedalia, Missouri. My fosters David and Susie will teach me a lot over the next several months! First, we will work on crate training, leash training, name recognition, potty training, and "sit."

July 2020 - 3 months old

This month I attended the Grand Opening event for the new RFI location in Missouri! I had fun seeing all sorts of other service dogs in training, including my sister "Suri!"

September 2020 - 5 months old

Look how big and handsome I'm getting! I've lost my puppy teeth and gained lots of focus. Here I am performing the "place" command at a recent puppy class.