Posted on: in [ Service Dogs in Training ]

Sponsor Announcement

Many thanks to Joe Benage for his generosity in the sponsorship of my training! Joe graciously donated toward a Puppy Head Start sponsorship, which provided him the opportunity to give me my wonderful name! I hope to make him proud!!

Splash's Journey

Stage 1 Introduction

Hi, my name is Splash. I am proud to have been selected to enter into the Retrieving Freedom training program.  I am from Green Hills Goldens in Chillicothe, Missouri. During this stage of training I will be spending approximately 8 months with my new volunteer foster, Tammy.

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 - 2 months old


Say hello to my new foster, Tammy! Together we are going to tackle potty training, crate training, and learning my name this month. I'll also learn to walk on a leash and play appropriately with toys. I'm excited to begin this journey!

October 2020 - 3 months old


I love exploring outside! It's a great way to experience my surroundings and become comfortable with new environments.

November 2020 - 4 months old


I'm getting more used to going on training trips in public! I have begun running errands with my foster Tammy. Together we pick out items and I always ensure to keep my attention on her. This helps me to ignore distractions and focus on the task at hand.