If Liberty thought that staying home means she gets to rest and not have to learn, well, she was kind of right. She does still take naps with her sisters.
'Continuing to train is critical. Her sisters get continued training as well. This group training helps to ensure that Liberty focuses on what she is asked to do and not pay attention to the other dogs. 'Sits' and 'down stays' are very important when you are a service dog. Being 'bored' and behaving is a skill that she will use throughout her life.
Of course, you have to practice in your uniform too.
Liberty is now 6 months old and once this coronavirus situation is calmed, it will be time to have her spayed. We need your help with raising the money to have the procedure done. Please consider ordering from our Yankee Candle Fundraiser. You can shop for Mothers Day presents or something for yourself while helping us take proper care of Liberty's health.
Liberty is like any other puppy. When it's rainy out, she wants to nap near the door and listen to the rain.
Liberty getting so big. Look at her next to her adopted sister, Savannah, an adult Lab.
It's always fun to watch a puppy learn. According to Liberty's puppy raiser, she seems to enjoy saying hello to the cat in this picture each time she goes to Tractor Supply.
Our fundraiser for Liberty's training is still going on. In order to be able to continue to train Liberty and take care of her basic needs, we need your help. Our mission is to provide Liberty at no cost to the recipient. See Liberty's blog from 2/27/2020 to see all of the costs involved in training and maintaining a service dog in training. Please use the button below to buy a candle and help Liberty become the relief that a Veteran or First Responder needs.
Thank you for your continued support!
Our mission is to help Veterans and First Responders with disabilities obtain an appropriate service dog that suits their needs. We strive to provide the dogs at no cost to the recipient. In order to do that, we need your help.
From the care and feeding of the dog to the medical costs with regular veterinarian visits to renting secure locations for training, insurances and all of the paperwork involved in tracking progress, the costs add up.
This is the breakdown of the costs for a program trained dog like Liberty.
In order to be able to continue to work with Liberty and train her to become a service dog, we need to raise money. We are currently having a Yankee Candle Fundraiser. Please consider purchasing a candle to help us keep Liberty on track to take care of a Veteran or First Responder.
Thank you for your continued support!
Liberty turned 21 weeks old this past Saturday. She's a beautiful girl and very smart. Her obedience training is coming along nicely. She knows 'sit', 'down', 'off' 'come' and 'free'. She will need to practice these entire life as they will keep her safe. For such a young puppy, she is catching on quickly.
Liberty is also starting to learn how to close a door. She gets pretty excited about doing it!
Service dogs carry things for their handlers. Whether it be keys, medical bags, laundry or groceries, a service dog needs to know how to pick things up, walk with thing in their mouths and give them to their handler. This little dumbbell is light and it is used to teach her to take something into her mouth, hold it and drop it when she gets to the recipient. For a young puppy, a dab of peanut butter helps make it more appealing to take and keep it in her mouth. It's about encouraging Liberty to try new things.
Liberty wants everyone to know that we are having a Yankee Candle fundraiser to help cover the costs for her training and necessities. Orders placed by March 9th will be available by Easter and orders placed by April 10th will be available by Mothers Day. Please consider supporting Liberty as we train her to be a service dog for a Veteran or First Responder. Thank you.
Link to our Yankee Candle Fundraiser:
Liberty and her siblings turned 16 weeks old this past Saturday. What could be better than a birthday picture?
An outing to Tractor Supply!! Liberty is already practicing public access. There's no better way to start then to sniff around the place. These buckets look interesting.
Walking through the dog food isle is tempting but Liberty was able to walk down the isle and even sit and stay without even looking for a snack!
And the most difficult thing for Liberty to accomplish at this young age was a sit stay with a lot of activity around her.
As you can imagine, a 14 week old puppy gets to see and experience a lot of new things. She got to experience her first snow, practiced wearing her vest and she definitely made a new best friend.
Training is a life long occurrence for dogs, and it starts early. Liberty has 3 training sessions per week with her puppy raiser. What are they learning at such an early age? Right now, it's obedience, the most important of learning that will help keep Liberty safe. Recall, coming when called, is a critical skill to master. She is starting this lesson while on the leash. When she gets older, she will be doing this recall exercise off-leash.
Liberty also needs to learn to ignore distractions, people coming over to visit, yummy bones on the ground and the occasional orange cone. Remember, she is a baby.
Another exercise that helps Liberty has learned is Doggie Pushups, a combination of commands that helps her focus on the commands, and pay attention for the next command in the series...sit, down, sit, down, stand
You can see that Liberty gets what seems like a lot of treats. The treats are actually her food. There is a lot of training outside of the classes. The best way to reward a puppy's learning is providing food. By using Liberty's kibble, it helps to keep her lean while she learns.
Liberty has been to her first puppy class. It really tuckered her out.
Tracy, Liberty's puppy handler is leveraging her two other dogs to help Liberty learn. Aren't they adorable, sitting together?
Liberty is also learning how to work puzzles. This helps her concentrate on finding the hidden treats, teaches patience and keeps Liberty from getting bored.
What's the best part about being an almost 11 week old puppy living with two big dogs? Sharing a bed and relaxing with a plush chew toy.
Faithful Friends Virtue litter, Golden Retriever puppies, was born on September 7 2019. Of the 5 puppies, one stuck out as having the most potential to be a service dog.
We conducted a poll to get ideas for this puppy's name and on Friday evening, November 8, her name was revealed: Liberty. Thank you for all of the great names!
Here's Liberty with her puppy raiser, Tracey.
Tails of Hope Foundation donated a puppy starter kit so that she has what she needs to start her training. Liberty was also a hit with Representative Jason Doucette and Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Liberty moved into Tracey's house last week. Her first day involved a lot of new sights and smells and two big sisters that will help watch over her and tire her out.
At 9 weeks old, Liberty has begun puppy school. She is at the beginning of this adventure..
We will bring you updates on Liberty's progress throughout her journey.