NSD Sandy

Sandy 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 her 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: December 13, 2020

Sire: JLAD Harold

Dam: PADS Sierra II

Litter: ABC

Sponsor: In memory of Lorna Collins

Puppy Raiser: Kendra Tielemans

Adult Raiser: Amy Moore

Training Updates

Sandy is 4 months old already and has settled in nicely with her Puppy Raiser family. She is currently at the puppy kindergarten level of her training where she is attending weekly puppy classes and learning new skills at home such as, sit, down, go to mat and loose leash walking. In a few months, she will begin grade school and be one step closer to becoming a Service Dog!

Sandy has really made herself at home. She enjoys going out on many different adventures now that restrictions have begun to lift. We have continued to work on our confidence and skills including sit, down, and loose-leash walking. Sandy has enjoyed exploring various public places and has even started coming to work a few days a week.

Sandy is such a sweet, loving girl. We are continuing to work on our skills at home, along with her confidence in public. She continues to come to work on the weekends and we have gotten into the swing of online school during the week. I can’t wait to see where the next few months take us.

Sandy continues to amaze me with how willing she is to learn. We are continuing to work on our skills at home, as well as in public when we get the chance. She has become a pro at settling while we are at work for prolonged periods of time or while we sit through long lectures on zoom. We are enjoying every moment we have left together before she moves on to her next stage of training.

Sandy is such an amazing dog, she continues to perfect her skills and is spunky and as energetic as ever. We are enjoying every moment of our last few weeks together before she moves on to her next home. I am so proud of all the work we have done together and can’t wait to see what she accomplishes over the next few months. I am so thankful to have played a small part in her journey and can’t wait to see the difference she makes in someone’s life in the future.

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

Sandy is amazing, I am so grateful to raise her. She is so sweet and an amazingly well-behaved dog, she is always looking to please her handler. She gets excited to see me and her whole body wiggles, not just her tail. I joke that she’s a great salsa dancer. She tries hard to get along with my cat even though he bullies her a little bit, but he is warming up to her because she is such a kind soul. Sandy loves my backyard and has a great time sun tanning and running around playing fetch. She got a new stuffed unicorn at the NSD Easter Egg Hunt and absolutely loves it. She ‘kills’ her unicorn every day, but also gives it lots of baths!

Sandy is calm, gentle, and confident. She has been working hard while in University. In the past few weeks, Sandy 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 Sandy on settling, cuddling, body handling, and grooming.
Sandy is deciding between NSD’s Autism program and NSD’s Canine Assisted Intervention Program for her future career path.