NSD Higbee

Higbee 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 x Bernese

Gender: Male

Date of Birth: January 8, 2020

Sire: DGC Bennett

Dam: NSD Grace

Litter: P litter

Sponsor: Alison Archambault

Whelping Home: Pat &Bruce Ireland

Puppy Raiser: Elissa Gauthier

Adult Raiser: Ashwin Mahesh

Training Updates

Higbee is a very gentle but playful pup. He absolutely loves to snuggle and is very obedient. He’s responsive to his cues and even off-leash is quite attentive to his walker. While he doesn’t naturally go to his crate and prefers sleeping on his dog bed or on my carpet, he is very comfortable being left in a crate for a couple of hours and doesn’t try to burst out when the door is opened. He is currently working on being calm when meeting other dogs in public. His biggest accomplishment is doing a 50-yard recall on a football field and running alongside me (on leash) on a track without being distracted.

Higbee is a gentle and disciplined dog who is very attentive to his handler. He is also full of energy when it comes to playtime or when he is in a leash-free park. Currently, he is working on wearing his halti since he tends to try to scratch it off if left on while walking. He is also working on his discipline when around other leashed dogs, he can get distracted and pull in their direction or sometimes just lay down completely. He follows all his cues and instinctively sits when his handler stops walking or is waiting at a certain point.

Higbee is such a sweet boy. We are working on distractions in stores and on walks. He is such a momma’s boy as he likes to be close to you. He listens well to cues and he makes great eye contact. He has a chocolate lab friend and enjoys his social time with him. I love his energy!

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

Higbee is a sweet and loving dog who likes to please. 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 Higbee to form a positive mindset and be ready to learn with new handlers. The training team is excited to continue to work with Higbee and teach him what he needs to learn in order to become a great service dog.