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Sponsor Announcement

I am thrilled to announce my partnership with Premier Furniture & Equipment in Shell Rock, IA! They graciously donated to sponsor my journey to hopefully becoming a service dog. I hope to make them proud throughout my training. Thank you!

Phoebe's Journey

Stage 1 Introduction

Hello, I'm Phoebe! I am proud to have been selected to enter into the Retrieving Freedom training program.  I am from Kerrybrook Labradors. During this stage of training I will be spending approximately 8 months with my new volunteer foster, Addie.

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. 

July 2020 - 2 months old


This month I transitioned from my breeder to my wonderful volunteer foster home with Addie! She and I will spend the next several months together, learning lots to help me become a service dog some day (hopefully!). First, I'll learn my name, how to walk on a leash, and where to go potty.

August 2020 - 3 months old


I'm learning what putting on this vest means - which is to relax and wait for the next task from Addie. This month I went on my first lunch outing and did great! I also spent time training at Retrieving Freedom and impressed everyone there with how quickly I'm catching on to things and my confidence level when introduced to new tasks!

September 2020 - 4 months old


Addie has had a lot of homework to do lately, which means I'm getting lots of practice with the "place" command! I'm doing great and she always rewards me with a play session when we take a break. I'm working on following Addie's pace while heeling, and not jumping on her when I get excited. 

1 comment

  • Amberly Johnson | Aug 11th 2020 @ 10:00 AM

    So adorable.

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