NSD Blue

Blue is currently with his puppy raiser. He is being taught a foundation of house manners and cues, for becoming a well-socialized part of the community.

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: March 22, 2021

Sire: PADS Robbie

Dam: PADS Posy

Litter: Donation

Sponsor: Friends and Family of the Ottawa Police Service

Puppy Raiser: Alyssa Marfisi & Margaux Mandigo

Adult Raiser:

Training Updates
Blue is a cuddly and loving guy who is very smart and loves to learn! He’s working on his down and is always showing off his sitting skills! He is getting better at watching the birds and letting them play in the yard without chasing them away but still loves to eat the garden bed mulch! His favourite activity is eating pupsicles and his favourite time of day is of course snuffle mat time to eat his meals. He plays hard and naps hard and his preferred lullaby is any song of Justin Bieber’s. We’re loving getting to know this sweet guy!

Our bug-a-Blue is almost 4 months old and we can’t believe it! He loves to learn and show us what he can do. He likes to be challenged and shares in our excitement when he masters a new skill. He started wearing a car harness and he did so well learning that it’s important for him! We’ve been working on staying calm in new environments and Blue loves to stay in his ‘down’ and watch the world go by at the local parks (encouraged with lots of kibbles of course!). He’s practicing new footings and is a little hesitant at first but is eager to show us he’s a quick learner. He loves going for walks to practice his loose leash skills as they progress! He tries to help by putting his leash in his mouth and walking himself out the door so that’s something we’re working hard to redirect. Blue is also currently getting eye drops and learned quickly to come and sit with his back to me so I can administer them easily. Blue loves to cuddle and we’re so lucky to be a part of seeing this sweet guy grow!

Blue turns 5 months old in August and we can’t believe how big he is getting! He continues to work on his loose leash walking. Some days he loves it and does very well! And other days he’s just not into it so we take a break from walking that day and work on other skills. We continue to work on his halti conditioning and are slowly able to increase the duration he leaves it on without pawing at it and he’s been improving! With a lot of training persistence, he’s becoming less interested in biting his leash, so we are taking this as a win! He’s getting lots of teeth and thankfully teething on his toys which we are grateful for! We’ve been working hard with Blue on settling at home and he is able to be successful in less and less time- he was able to successfully settle on his first patio visit, even surrounded by his major distraction- dogs! He’s been learning that grocery carts, as loud as they may be, won’t hurt him and he’s been practicing walking beside the cart and is becoming more confident with each new practice session. He had his first in jacket visit to Canadian Tire and learned that automatic doors aren’t scary and was able to focus and obey commands even in a new place and we are very proud of this being his first public appearance! Blue has been sporting a cone this month and has impressed us with his adaptability- he rocks it and doesn’t let it stand in the way of anything! Blue continues to prove to us every day that he loves working and tries to please us with each new task and we are very proud of this sweet, smart and eager pup!

Our baby Blue is now 6 months old and we can’t believe how much he keeps changing, growing and maturing! We’ve been working hard at dog distraction and keeping Blue’s attention when around other pups, and he’s doing very well knowing to leave other ‘friends’ alone when he’s on a leash. He’s started to notice squirrels and chipmunks more but quickly checks in with us and can ‘leave them’ pretty consistently. He’s made leaps and bounds in his recall (a slice of banana does the trick!) and is becoming more consistent with his ‘drop it’. He adores walking and does very well with his loose leash; next, we’ll be working at getting him used to his halti while walking. His major success this month has been learning to climb the open-backed hardwood stairs, which has saved our backs! Blue is always looking for ways to show us how smart he is and how eager he is to work and we are so incredibly proud of all the progress he’s made! He still loves his cuddle time and his snuggles ensure no one is ever feeling ‘Blue’ around him 💙

It’s October and this month has brought on the puppy teenage hormones for our boy Blue! He is growing and changing and still as sweet as ever- sometimes with listening ears and sometimes without :). Blue has been working on walking consistently with his halti and as always, working on improving his loose leash walking. He loves exploring different trails and sniffing in the leaves! We continue to work on his duration with his ‘mat’ and ‘stay’ cues and are working on consistency with his ‘drop it’. Blue’s biggest change this month has been accompanying me to the office. He’s been incredible with his settling and has already made great improvements in his meet and greets meeting so many new friends! He loves working in jacket and has settled at quite a few restaurants, including his first very noisy indoor dining experience. We love seeing Blue grow and learn new things while solidifying his foundational skills. His sweet face melts our hearts each day!

Blue turned 8 months and is becoming quite the little gentleman. He was part of a puppy swap this month and experienced a new home for 2 weeks (thanks, Kelly family!) His major learning has been to start generalizing his ability to climb stairs and he worked on this a lot with the Kellys as well as upon his return home. He’s started to approach them with a little more confidence and next we’re working on stair manners both up and down. He’s doing very well with his duration on his mat and his public work and ability to focus on cues is very good. He continues to work on his LLW skills and is improving with wearing his halti for walks and public outings. His recall has allowed him some off-leash romps and he loves to sniff and explore! He’s becoming a cuddlier guy and loves sleeping in his ‘forts’ of snuggle blankets in the evenings while we watch TV. Oh- and he loves the snow! He’s such an old soul and we’re really enjoying being part of his journey!

December is here and Blue is 9 months old! His little brain just continues to blow us away with how much he likes to learn and be challenged. We’ll often find him on his box that we use to teach rear-end awareness as he loves to show off his balance and core strength that he’s very quickly developed! This work has brought increasing confidence with stairs and stair climbing is an ongoing skill we’re working on. He continues to love banana and cheese and these delicious treats we’ve used to teach that door knocking and doorbell ringing means Go to Mat! We continue to work at his settling and he’s doing very well to ‘switch off’. He loves sniffing for ‘find its’ and his sniff breaks on walks- both during his structured walks and his off-leash time! We continue to enjoy learning from and with him and being part of his journey- he brings us joy each and every day.