Guide Dogs in Training

The OccuPaws Board of Directors is proud to introduce to you our Guide Dogs in Training.

If you would like to donate a young dog or puppy to OccuPaws,
please send an email to our Breeding Director.

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Visit Training FAQ for additional information on the things our dogs learn

Zest (150x225)Plumtree Eager to Please “Zest”

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Plumtree Labradors, Hampshire, IL (Tiger x Tar ’14)
Raised by: PawsForward Program – Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 3 namesMark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
Kurt & Kristy of Beloit, WI
Sue of Verona, WI
DOB: July 17, 2014

Training Stage: Awaiting Formal Harness Training Evaluation
Zest is a calm, balanced puppy with a very sweet, affectionate side and just a dash of playfulness. She enjoys a quieter lifestyle.
Zest is having her skills assessed and polished as she prepares for her next phase of training. She has many wonderful assets.

Blessing (150x200)Neverest Divine Gift “Blessing”

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Maizy x Owen ’14)
Raised by: Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
Spacer - 3 namesDon of Verona, WI
PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Kurt & Kristy of Beloit, WI
DOB: October 2, 2014

Training Stage: Awaiting Formal Harness Training Evaluation
Blessing is litter-mates with PIT Bonus. Blessing is a gorgeous little girl who just cannot get enough love and attention!   Blessing is being raised by two school teachers. She splits her time between elementary school and middle school.  She was evaluated and selected to begin formal harness training in May, 2016.

Bonus (150x175)Neverest Little Something Extra “Bonus”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Maizy x Owen ’14)
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 1 nameJim & Kristen of Cobb, WI
DOB: October 2, 2014

Training Stage: Formal Harness Training
Bonus is litter-mates with PIT Blessing. Bonus is an easy-going boy who can make himself at home anywhere. He was an unexpected – bonus – addition to our program.
Bonus has passed all of his behavior evaluations and health testing. He started his formal harness training in April 2016.

Beacon (150x175)Anduin River Guiding Light “Beacon”, CGC

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Anduin River Labradors
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 2 namesCathy of Mount Horeb, WI
Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
DOB: October 8, 2014

Training Stage: Awaiting Formal Harness Training
Beacon is a quiet, unassuming boy. He likes to take things easy. Beacon has been learning quickly and is a pleasure to have around.
Beacon has passed all of his behavior evaluations and health testing. He will begin his formal harness training in May 2016.

Cadet (150x175)Harvestimes Moral Compass “Cadet”

Male Golden Retriever
Bred by: Harvestime Kennels, Menasha, WI (Breeze x Slick ’14)
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 1 nameCourtney of Verona, WI
DOB: December 19, 2014

Training Stage: Formal Harness Training Evaluation
Cadet is an absolute sweetheart. He falls in love with everyone he meets and always wears a big smile on his face.
Cadet accompanies his raiser to a full-time office job. He is an expert at curling up and sleeping the work day away.

Duke (150x175)“Duke”

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: ClearCreek Labradors (Bizzie x Preston ’15)
Raised by: Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
Spacer - 1 nameDale of Barneveld, WI
DOB: March 6, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Duke is one easy-going boy! He is very sweet natured and tries very hard to learn new skills and please his handler.
Duke is currently being raised in a family with young children. He loves taking breaks from training to play with ‘his girls.’

Encore (150x175)Harvestimes Repeat Performance “Encore”

Female Golden Retriever
Bred by: Harvestime Kennels, Menasha, WI (Jolly x Peak ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: Barry & Cheryl of Madison, WI
Spacer - 1 namePawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
DOB: May 24, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Encore is a bold and daring little girl. She is ready to tackle any new situation or environment with confidence and gusto.
Encore is working with her inmate raisers and community socializers to generalize her obedience skills and manners to a variety of environments and handlers. 

Faith (150x175)Sharmik’s Faithful Swimmer “Faith”

Female Black Standard Poodle
Bred by: Sun-Golden Kennels, Edgerton, WI (River x Shadow ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
DOB: June 15, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Faith is litter-mates with PIT Finn. She is a beautiful girl and loves to show it off. Faith is quite the adventurer and loves to discover new things.
Faith is beginning her early socialization and gaining exposure to a wide variety of new stimuli that will help prepare her for her career. 

Finn (150x175)Sharmik’s Swim Fins “Finn”, CGC

Male Black Standard Poodle
Bred by: Sun-Golden Kennels, Edgerton, WI (River x Shadow ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: Corin & Kim of Baraboo, WI
Spacer - 1 namePawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: June 15, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Finn is a litter-mates with PIT Faith. He is an active little boy with a strong desire to explore the world around him.
Finn is working with his inmate raisers on focusing in more distracting environments including around strange people and dogs.

Felix (150x150)The Captain’s The Lucky One “Felix”

Male Yellow Labrador Retreiver
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Farrah X Chester ’15)
Raised by: Don of Verona, WI
Cassie of Madison, WI
Katie of Madison
DOB: June 16, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Felix is sweet, friendly little boy who loves to play and cuddle.  He is very attentive and quickly learning to love working.
Felix is currently being raised by a trainer who has an identical twin living next door to her.  While we can’t tell them apart, Felix knows the difference.

Flint (150x175)The Captain’s Primitive Tool “Flint”

Male Yellow Labrador Retreiver
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Farrah X Chester ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
Spacer - 1 namePawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
DOB: June 16, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Flint is litter-mates with PIT Felix. He is a happy, loving little boy with a great attitude. Flint loves to explore and interact with the world around him.
Flint is working with his inmate raisers and community socializers to learn to remain calm and relaxed in a variety of social settings and environments.

Gina (150x150)Radda’s Remembering the Fallen “Gina”

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Radda Labradors, Ball Ground, GA (Tessa x Rogue ’15)
Raised by: Cassie of Madison, WI
Don of Verona, WI
Lexi of Evansville, WI
DOB: June 30, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Gina is a feisty little girl who loves to tackle new challenges. She wakes up every morning ready to conquer the world.
Gina lives with a family with a teenage daughter who is the primary trainer.  As part of a class project, she is training Gina in all the required obedience basics.  This is her first OccuPaws dog.

Honor (150x150)Labrook’s Prestigious Purpose “Honor”

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: LaBrook Labradors, Culdesac, ID (Bree x Teddy ’15)
Raised by: Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
DOB: July 18, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Honor is a lively, social little girl who loves people and exploring the world around her. She has a very inquisitive mind.
Honor is being raised by a retired couple. She is also living with an OccuPaws retired breeding female and a career change dog.

Harvey

Male Yellow Labrador Retreiver
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Clipper X Chester ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: PawsForward- Oshkosh, WI
DOB: July 24, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Harvey is a bit of a quiet boy, sensitive and very gentle.  He and his brother Higgins joined OccuPaws in April of 2016 as they were both just a bit too small for the show ring.   Harvey is at the PawsForward-Oshkosh program being evaluated to determine if he should stay on for a while or go to a family home for the rest of his training.

Higgins

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Clipper X Chester ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: PawsForward- Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 1 nameKristin & Jim of Cobb, WI
DOB: July 24, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Higgins is a much bolder dog than his littermate, Harvey and is a bit noisier.  But he is also just as sweet and gentle as his sibling. He and his brother Harvey joined OccuPaws in April of 2016 as all the pups reserved wanted black females, and Clipper produced 8 Yellow boys. Higgins is now with a family and he will begin attending college with his handler.

Neverest Dedicated Hero “Ike”, CGC

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Sailor ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: PawsForward – Oxford, WI
Spacer - 1 nameMark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
DOB: September 14, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Ike is litter-mates with PIT Indy, PIT Isaac, and PIT Ivan. He is a very confident puppy who is highly food and praise motivated.
Ike is one of the four inaugural puppies to enter out new prison program at FCI Oxford. We know he will make a big first impression with his big personality.  Ike is on parole for a bit while he is evaluated to see if being a guide dog is the right career path for him.

Neverest Staying In Front “Indy”, CGC

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Sailor ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: PawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: September 14, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Indy is litter-mates with PIT Ike, PIT Isaac, and PIT Ivan. He is a laid-back boy who is as sweet as them come. Indy is usually the first of his litter-mates to learn a new behavior.
Indy is one of the four inaugural puppies to enter out new prison program at FCI Oxford. We know he will have them smitten in no time.

I Litter Green Collar 7 wks (200x200)Neverest Faithful Sacrifice “Isaac”, CGC

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Sailor ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: PawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: September 14, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Isaac is litter-mates with PIT Ike, PIT Indy, and PIT Ivan. He is a very easy going boy who likes to have a little time and space to figure things out.
Isaac is one of the four inaugural puppies to enter out new prison program at FCI Oxford. He started working his charms the minute he entered the door.

Neverest Gracious Gift “Ivan”, CGC

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Sailor ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: PawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: September 14, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Ivan is litter-mates with PIT Ike, PIT Indy, and PIT Isaac. He is a very observant boy who loves to explore his environment.
Ivan is one of the four inaugural puppies to enter out new prison program at FCI Oxford. We know he’ll have the whole place scoped out by his first night.

Ivy

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Sailor ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: PawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: September 14, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Ivy is litter-mates with PIT Ike, PIT Indy, PIT Ike and PIT Isaac. She is a newcomer to the program – joining us at eight months of age and eager to learn.  She is a quiet, loving sensitive girl who will need soft, loving attention to bloom into the type of dog we know she is capable of.
Ivy is joining her other brothers in our PawsForward-Oxford program.  She just needs to learn about that house training stuff and where the food is hidden.

Jordy (150x150)Neverest We Need You Back “Jordy”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Neverest Labradors, Fox Lake, WI (Hadley x Chester ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
DOB: October 20, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Jordy is a calm, amicable little boy. He is related to many successful service dogs in a variety of careers so we have high hopes for this little man.
Jordy is just beginning his early socialization and manners training. He is gaining exposure to a wide variety of people and environments.

KarmaMaple Ridge’s Meant to Be “Karma”

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Maple Ridge Labradors, Bagley, MN (Lady x Sailor ’15)
Raised by: Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
Spacer - 1 nameDon of Verona, WI
DOB: November 13, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Karma is a sweet, inquisitive little girl. She loves to go on little adventures and everyone she meets is her new favorite person.
Karma is being currently be raised by a family and she gets to visit grade school frequently.

KismetMaple Ridge’s In the Stars “Kismet”

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Maple Ridge Labradors, Bagley, MN (Lady x Sailor ’15)
Raised by: Sean & Sheila & Family of Janesville, WI
DOB: November 13, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Kismet is a quiet, loving little girl. Once she warms up to you, she will never leave your side. Such a loyal young lab.
Kismet is being raised by a family with four young children. This is their first dog and everyone is so excited to work with the new puppy.

Sunrise Goldens “Liberty”

Male Golden Retriever
Donated by: Sunrise Goldens of Fond du Lac (Talullah X Bear ’15)
Raised by: Kourtney & Jason of Madison, WI
DOB: January 1, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Liberty is a very quiet, laid back dude. He is a bundle of puppy fuzz, always ready to cuddle.
He is being raised by a new raiser family and we know they will love him. This is their first trainee dog although they do have a gentle older Lab who is excited to play with the new puppy.

 

Harvestime’s Havin’ a Ball “Lucy”

Female Golden Retriever
Donated by: Harvestime Goldens Menasha, WI (Whisper X Peak ’15)
Raised by: PawsForward-Oshkosh
DOB: January 12, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Lucy is just a very sweet, lovable little girl.  She is a ball of fur with a pup inside.  She is very quiet yet fearless..
She is being raised by the same inmates in OSCI that had Cadet, who was also donated by Harvestime and is getting very close to being ready to start formal harness training – either this summer or this fall.

Neverest Free Spirit “Maverick”

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Triumph x Dually ’15)
Raised by: Don of Verona, WI
Spacer - 1 nameBob & Joanne of Plain, WI
DOB: February 8, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Maverick and Milo came from OccuPaws breeding female, Triumph.  While the boys look very similar, they both have their own personalities.  Maverick, despite him being a gentle giant, he may not realize his size advantage, as he tends to be a bit more cautious than his brother.  We have high hopes for this little man and expect him to become bolder by the day.

Neverest Finding Peace “Milo”

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Triumph x Dually ’15)
Raised by: Kelli of Madison, WI
Spacer - 1 nameCheryl of Cross Plains, WI
DOB: February 8, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Maverick and Milo came from OccuPaws breeding female, Triumph. While the boys look very similar, they both have their own personalities. Milo is very full of himself, and is now living with a sitter new to OccuPaws and giving Milo a tryout to see if they want to become full time raisers. 

Neverest Using Strategy “Nash”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Neverest Labs (Tiki x ’15)
Raised by: Cheryl & Barry of Madison, WI
DOB: February 8, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Nemo and Nash are brothers from Neverest Lab Tiki.  Nash will be spending a few weeks with a sitter, before moving to his raiser’s home in Beloit.  Blessing, who is currently with Kurt & Kristy, will be leaving for harness training and then Nash will take her spot…..and hopefully fill her shoes!

Neverest Nobody’s Clown “Nemo”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Neverest Labs (Tiki x ’15)
Raised by: David & Marcia of Ft. Atkinson, WI
DOB: March 13, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Nemo and Nash are brothers from Neverest Lab Tiki. Nemo will be going to a first time OccuPaws puppy raiser and we expect a few sleepless nights as he can get to be a bit vocal when he is away from his brother.

Coming Soon!

Two Male Yellow Labrador Retrievers from Neverest Labs – Arriving May 2016