NSD Cindy

Cindy is currently with her adult raiser. She has started University and goes to NSD for training 5 days a week. When not at NSD, she learns how to settle, cuddle and continue to be a welcomed member of the community. This training will help prepare her to be matched with their client.

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: Female

Date of Birth: August 25, 2020

Sire: SEGD Keller

Dam: DWW Cali

Litter: ABC

Sponsor: In Memory of David Keenleyside

Puppy Raiser: Renate Polle, Brenda and Brian Wildfong

Adult Raiser: Martha Kalyniak, Joan Doherty

Training Updates

Cindy is settling in quite well.  She is very eager to please and make the right choices.  She is good at sitting, down, leave it and dropNSD, National Service Dogs, puppy raiser, volunteer it when instructed.  She is learning under.  She is good at doing a sit-and-down stay.  We have been working on down stay for a longer duration even when the handler leaves the room for a moment.  We often practice our sit stays on our morning walks.  She rarely breaks the stay. She is great about going into her crate at night and usually does not need to get out during the night. Cindy is doing well on her visits to public places (stores).  She is working on meet and greets (without jumping).  Cindy is a very sweet puppy and we are really enjoying her. 

Cindy is a very clever happy puppy. She enjoys being around people in the household. Wherever we are, she is close by. She continues to work hard to settle when there are visitors to the home or when she meets someone new outside. Cindy is progressing very well on loose leash walking. She loves to go on walks but also loves the sniff breaks. She is not a huge fan of putting her paws in the water, but she working on it. Cindy adores (almost too much 🙂 )her housemate, Abby (a mini-dachshund). Yet, she is learning to leave Abby when Abby has had enough attention. She is enjoying the opportunity to wear her NSD jacket in public again now that she is allowed to run errands with the puppy raisers. She behaves very well in jacket. We are very proud of Cindy!

Cindy is a very smart hard working puppy. She is very lively and applies this energy with each task asked of her. She is doing very well on loose leash walking on both a flat collar and her gentle leader. Cindy is working on going up and down the stairs at a slower speed to stay with her handler. She is also working on staying on her mat when a visitor comes to the door. Her favourite game is fetching and she absolutely loves stuffed puppy toys. We love working with NSD Cindy and the staff at NSD.

Cindy is a very clever girl, which makes it a lot of fun to work with her. She is excited to meet and greet people at the door, so we are working daily to keep calm as people enter the house. She is very well behaved during violin lessons and really enjoys the attention she gets from my students. Cindy loves to play with my Doodle Rudy and loves her many toys. We are working on our loose leash walking every day and I have introduced some agility skills to keep her entertained. Her energy is high at times but she really loves to curl up in her calming bed for a long nap after playing in the backyard.

Cindy continues to be a delightful girl. She learns very quickly and is incredibly eager to work on her training skills. Consistency has helped her to gain more confidence. She loves to play and enjoys going into the garden with my dog Rudy.

Cindy has been accepted into NSD University as part of our 2022 Fall class!

Cindy is a very sweet girl. She loves to play fetch and go for walks. She is very good with her loose leash walking. We have been working with her to stay on her mat when people come to the door and she has come along marvellously. Cindy has great house manners and is very gentle with our two cats.

Cindy is confident, perseverant, and bold. She has been working hard while in University. In the past few weeks, Cindy has been working on generalizing newly acquired skills such as ‘nudge’ and ‘lap’. She has also been improving reliability when it comes to previously acquired cues such as ‘mat’ and ‘under’. The training team and her adult raisers are continuing to work with Cindy on settling, cuddling, body handling, and grooming.
Cindy is currently deciding between NSD’s PTSD program and NSD’s Canine Assisted Intervention Program as her possible career path.