NSD Reilly

Reilly 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: Lab x Golden Retriever

Gender: Male

Date of Birth: August 8, 2021

Sire: COPE Yorkie

Dam: NSD Yasha

Litter: Y Litter

Sponsor: Shelley Ramsey and Doug Pirie


The Rock Star Dog … Lover of Life and LOTS of Treats!

Whelping Home: Pat & Bruce Ireland

Puppy Starter: Ben Morell

Puppy Raiser: Suzy Patchett

Adult Raiser:

Training Updates

Reilly is a bundle of joy and energy, and we love having him in our home. He’s extremely eager to learn, and he loves to cuddle. Reilly loves his new cat roommate, and the two of them are learning how to interact appropriately with each other. Reilly now knows not to chase or jump on the cat, and he shows how well he can focus on his learning when he ignores the cat running around and stays in his “sit” or “down”. Reilly loves spending time in the backyard with us. His biggest challenge is regaining focus when something new catches his attention outside, but he’s getting better every day.

Reilly is growing up to be a sweet, gentle giant. He loves every human he’s met so far, as well as cats. His favourite activities are to hang out near his humans, play with his toys, cuddle, and he doesn’t mind being handled or doing puppy yoga to have his nails trimmed. Reilly is also getting better at waiting patiently and relaxing and is totally comfortable napping in his crate alone when his humans are busy. His impulse control is improving as he gets older, and he can sit and wait patiently in front of his full food bowl for long minutes until he’s released. Whenever we go out in jacket, he does a great job of being calm and focused.

Reilly is halfway through puppy grade school already and he’s learning quickly. He’s currently working on his “near”, “spin”, “turn”, and “under” commands. He’s improving at them all every day, and slowly figuring out that “turn” is the opposite direction from “spin” – this is a bit difficult for him, but he’s getting there! Reilly is very playful and loves other dogs, and he’s also learning that other dogs have boundaries and it’s not always playtime. He does a great job loose-leash walking in and out of his jacket, and he’s learning how to handle all the exciting distractions that come with springtime, especially birds and squirrels outdoors. He’s a star indoors in his jacket and has done a great job in a variety of different environments.

Reilly is doing a great job and loving learning, and he’s almost ready to start high school! He’s really improved at his spin and turn cues and continues to practice his basic skills as well. He’s accompanied us on the train and to a few different restaurants, and he does a great job with his “under”, and settles down for the whole ride/meal. He occasionally still barks when he’s startled, so that’s the biggest thing we’re working on.

Reilly is doing very well in his first month of high school. He’s great at staying calm and settling while out in public with us, and he’s working on greeting people calmly while keeping in a sit. He’s continuing to practice all his basic skills, and very quickly picks up new commands. He’s a pro on public transit and has been on trains, subways, and buses with us. During hot summer days, he loves to cool off by getting sprayed gently with the garden hose outside.

Reilly is doing a wonderful job and is growing up into a very well-behaved young dog. He’s currently working on his “chin” cue and continuing to practice all his previous cues and basics. He recently returned from two weeks at a puppy sitter’s home and handled the transitions to and from with a lot of confidence. He’s made great progress on his barking and doesn’t seem to startle as easily anymore. Reilly is currently showing what a great canine host he can be, as NSD Antoine stays with us for a week and Reilly learns to settle down around another dog even when he’d rather be playing!