Our Puppies

We’ve been raising in training guide and service dog puppies since 2006!  Yep, it’s already been 7 years!  In that time we’ve raised 5 puppies in training.  Two have gone on and are currently working.  Two were career changed.  We are currently raising our fifth puppy in training


  1. Karen Cambre says

    We recently adopted a Rott/lab female. She is great, and knows basic commands..

    Funny she has already bonded with me.
    My question is, I’m wanting to know if she can qualify as a therapy/guide dog for myself. If so, what do I need to do or go. We live outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I’m not needing major help, that’s why I am considering her.

    I had West Nile a few years ago, I lived thru it but I have some pain/ nerve damage. I have a spinal cord stimulator that was surgically placed in my spinal cord. I will try phiscal therapy again, however its a slow process. The disability that I need help with is , dropping items. I can’t bend very well and not at all when the stimulator is on. I drop small things often and have to leave it on the floor. While in the grocery store I really could
    benefit from the help of a guide dog.

    She is 10 mths. She loves picking things up and bringing them to me. She will “drop it” & “leave it” without anything hesitation. This is why I think she would be a great therapy /guide dog for me.

    Karen Cambre

    • says

      Hi Karen,

      That’s a great question. The short answer: Yes, your dog could qualify as a Service Dog. A Service Dog needs to be individually trained to do work or perform tasks that mitigate their handlers disability. Picking up dropped items would qualify as a task your dog performs to mitigate your disability.

      There is a difference between a Service Dog, a Guide Dog, and a Therapy Dog. Service Dogs and Guide Dogs are covered by the American’s with Disability Act (ADA) while Therapy Dogs are not.

      I’ll gather some more detailed information and post it to the site.

      Take care,

  2. Josie Reyes says

    I have puppies they are Chihuahua beagles they are eight weeks how much do I feed or how often or do I feed them?

    • says

      Hi Josie,

      Congratulations on your new puppies! The amount you feed varies on many different things including the age of your puppies, size, the amount of exercise they receive daily, the type of food your feed them, and many other factors. If you are feeding your puppies kibble you can check the guidelines on the bag and work forward from there. Another good resource would be to consult your veterinarian. We usually start with guidelines set forth by our guide dog organization for the amount we feed our puppies. However, each individual puppy is different and we usually have to change the amount we feed based on whether or not our puppies become too heavy or too skinny.

      Hopefully that helps. Good luck with your new puppies!


  3. says

    I have a 9 week old rotti puppy she is let outside before going into crate but she pees in crate and cry to be let out…does not like staying in a dirt cate…the cate is small she just starting doing this I had her for 2 weeks.the first week she did not do this and now she is….

  4. Leela says

    I am getting a golden retriever puppy in two weeks and your website has been a real help! The problem is I am on a trip in India currently, and I am getting home two days before I get my puppy! This is a problem because I need to buy everything for my puppy fast, can you please give me some tips on essentials I must get. Also I have a question on exercising. Since I an getting my puppy at 8 weeks what should I be doing to exercise him? Should I be taking him on long walks or just let him run on the field across my house? Thanks!


    • says

      Hi Leela,

      I’m glad the site has been helpful and early congratulations on your new puppy! I’ve been meaning to put together a new puppy checklist for my readers, but I haven’t gotten around to it. If you haven’t watched my first video with Dublin check out: http://puppyintraining.com/puppy-in-training-tv-ep1-picking-up-your-puppy/ I go over a few of the things I try to get before our puppy pickup, but I’ll try to get a more extensive list together for you when I have a moment.

      At 8 weeks old your puppy will not need a ton of exercise. You can wear him out with a plush toy and a short game of fetch in the house. As he gets older he’ll need more exercise. I would check with your vet before taking him out and about. At 8 weeks of age your puppy has an under developed immune system and will be more susceptible to disease. Our guide dog school asks us not to take our puppies to places where other unknown dogs frequent such as parks, pet stores, dog parks, etc until our puppies have had their rabies vaccination at around 16 weeks.

      Hopefully that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions and I hope you’re having fun in India!


  5. Betsy Walsh says

    Our 6 month old corgi has been great about going to the bathroom outside. She stays in her crate over night without problems. The past two days she has peed a little bit on the carpet in the family room right after I took her outside this morning. She peed twice outdoors. This area of the carpet was where she had an accident about two months ago. We clean it with our green machine right away. Today I also used a vinegar/water solution after the machine cleaning, hoping to neutralize the odor. Any tips?

    • says

      If she’s having accidents in the same spot it’s highly possible that she can still smell the odor of urine. There are several enzymatic cleaners that should help to get rid of all the odor. We have had success with Nature’s Miracle, but you might want to research to see if you can find something that works better. A dog’s sense of smell is about 1,000 to 10,000,000 times more sensitive than a human’s (depending on the breed) so it’s not unusual that your corgi might still be picking up the scent of urine even after you’ve cleaned the spot.

  6. Michelle Mount says

    I have a female, 1 year old German Shepherd. I am interested in having her trained to sniff out a fire bale (which is a cotton bale that has heat inside of it and left untreated will cause the 500 lb bale to go up in flames.) I was wondering if you know of any websites that might be helpful to me in this regard. Smoldering cotton has a very distinct smell and i know with some training she could easily find any fire bales. Thanks

    • says

      We’ve gone through K9 Nosework training and Stetson can successfully sniff out his first odor, birch. I’m not sure of any sites that offer training on the subject of nosework, but you might check out the K9 Nosework site: http://www.k9nosework.com.

      Hopefully that helps. Good luck!

  7. Adrian Reid says

    I am looking into getting a service animal due to my youngest child going into the army soon. This means I’ll be home alone a lot. the thing is I have a fear of most dogs. Is there a website that can provide tips on getting used to not only having one but also having one in the house with me?

    • says

      I’m not sure I know of a website that covers that subject. If you have a fear of dogs maybe talking to some of the service dog organizations about meeting some of their well behaved dogs might help ease you into feeling more comfortable around dogs. Good luck with your search for a service dog!

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