NSD Bezzie

Bezzie is currently with his adult raiser. He will continue to work hard on generalizing his cues and house manners in a new environment, with a new handler. This stage of training is to prepare them for University.

All of the training and care provided to each dog would not be possible without the support of generous volunteers and donors.

Breed: Labrador Retriever

Gender: Male

Date of Birth: July 8, 2020

Sire: JLAD Harold

Dam: PADS Bailey II

Litter: ABC

Sponsor: Liam McManus

Puppy Raiser: Glenn & Tracey Harper, Alex Leggett

Adult Raiser: Lisa Mitchell

Training Updates

Bezzie has quickly wormed his way into our hearts. His full-body “wiggle” is hard to resist when he greets you! He accompanies me into work most days, and he has such a knack for sleeping away the days! Bezzie has been working hard around the home and at my workplace, gaining a reliable response to the sit, down, and mat cues (he loves his bed!). He’s also learned a couple of fun new skills, such as spin and visit. We have been diligently working on his on-leash response to dogs. With a bit of distance, most of the time, we can now pass by a dog on a walk with no vocalization! I am most proud of how far he has come in that regard. Prior to Christmas, we were beginning to work on his people distraction in public spaces. I know how much he loves people, and it has been really rewarding to see him learn how to stay on task even in busy areas! He’s such a smart pup, and I very much look forward to seeing the impact he will make in someone’s life in the future!

Bezzie is growing quickly and learning lots! It was so rewarding to see all the skills we had been practicing at home translate into public when things opened up briefly. Bezzie has also been working hard in classes on dog distraction and settling around other pups. We have been increasing the amount of time he is left home alone out of the crate and he has been acing it. He continues to be a happy, wiggly (he’s a full-body tail-wagger!), affectionate boy.

Bezzie recently turned one and is growing up so quickly! He came with us on a canoe trip and was very good in the canoe. He loved the portages, swimming, and hogging our sleeping pads at night. In June, Bezzie went to a sitter for 2-weeks to learn to adjust to different environments and handlers. He had lots of fun making new friends (dogs and humans!) but we were happy to have him back home! As public areas have opened up again, Bezzie is getting more exposure to various environments and he is working hard at settling in new places.

Bezzie has been on lots of fun outings lately, including attending several Jays’ games, farmer’s markets, and restaurants. He has proven to be quite the level-headed, good boy in these stimulating environments. We continue to work on dog distractions, as well as a new skill: backing up. Bezzie loves to work and learn new things! We look forward to seeing what the future holds for this cuddly, sweet, happy pup.

Bezzie has been accepted to NSD University! He will be starting training on November 22nd.

Bezzie is a sweet and quirky dog who always brings laughter into the kennel. For the past month, he has been actively learning at University. He has been learning resiliency with their basic obedience. The first few weeks are based around settling in a new environment and learning to offer relaxed behaviours. This allows Bezzie to form a positive mindset and be ready to learn with new handlers. The training team is excited to continue to work with Bezzie and teach him what he needs to learn in order to become a great service dog.

Bezzie has been attending University for 2 months and learning the fundamentals of what will one day make him a great service dog. These past months, he has been working on acquiring important movement skills as well as how to position himself around his handler. Bezzie has also been practicing ignoring distractions of all types and performing in high distraction areas. Now that he reliably understands the fundamentals, we are excited to start applying these principles towards learning specific tasks that will one day serve his client. His exuberant personality fills the kennel with joy and laughter. The university trainers love working with Bezzie as he is a great learner and always ready to practice new skills.

Pictured: Bezzie practicing “chin” with apprentice trainer, Emma.

Bezzie has been selected for our CAI program! He will be matched with a client soon and graduate in May!