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Ronnie's Journey

Stage 1 Introduction

Hi, I'm Ronnie! I am proud to have been selected to enter into the Retrieving Freedom training program.  I came from Green Hills Goldens in Chillicothe, Missouri. During this stage of training I will be spending approximately 8 to 10 months with my new volunteer foster, Casey.

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. 

December 2020 - 2 months old


I was so excited to meet my puppy raiser, Casey! Together we will begin working on potty training, crate training, and walking on a leash. I'll also learn to recognize my name and come to Casey when he calls it, as well as what is and is not appropriate to chew on.

January 2021 - 3 months old

I am working on staying calm when I'm around other puppies at training classes. They are very distracting to me and I have a hard time focusing on my handler. I just want to play with them all! I'm making good progress with my "sit" and "down" commands.

March 2021 - 5 months old


This month Casey and I participated in a group training session at Menards. We worked on the "place" command on new items such as a piece of plywood. We also worked on appropriate leash work in public, ignoring strangers and other distractions, and performing the "sit" command when we come to a stop in an aisle. I did great!