The majority of the dogs we use are Retrievers, Golden and Labrador and the Golden/Lab cross. In some cases we will use the smooth Collie and the German Sheppard. Presently our dogs are donated or purchased, but soon we will be breeding our own pups.
The dogs have early health and temperament screening to insure that they are suited to service work. This testing is repeated at around 12 months of age.
Our puppies start their training as young as 3 1/2 weeks. This early training takes advantage of the optimum learning period and increases the percentage of dogs that successfully complete our program. By the age of 12 to 16 weeks they have learned up to 30 commands and are placed in a puppy handler home to ensure they receive the one on one attention that they will need to be loving, well adjusted adults. During this period we do continue working with the dogs and the puppy handlers to reinforce commands and continue with obedience and socialization
They return to our facility around 12 months of age to receive specialized training in the field for which they are best suited. They are placed anywhere from 18 to 24 month depending on their maturity and skill level.