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Sasha's Journey

Stage 1 Introduction

Hello! My name is Sasha. I am proud to have been selected to enter into the Retrieving Freedom training program from Harvestime Kennel. During this stage of training I will be spending approximately 8 months with my new volunteer foster, Jessica. 

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. 

November 2020 - 2 months old


This month I transitioned from my wonderful breeder in Wisconsin to my new volunteer foster home in Iowa with Jessica! Now that I am settled with her, we will begin working on crate training at night, potty training, walking on a leash, and learning my name. I had my first public outing to a quiet church service!

December 2020 - 3 months old


I got this beautiful Christmas photo taken at my foster Jess' place of work! At training class this month, I worked on building confidence and balancing on the colored peanut equipment. I'm getting pretty good at it!