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

Female Black Standard Poodle
Bred by: Sun-Golden Kennels, Edgerton, WI (River x Shadow ’15)
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 2 namesDiane of Sun Prairie, WI
Sue of Verona, WI
DOB: June 15, 2015

Training Stage: Formal Harness Training
Faith is a beautiful girl and loves to show it off along with all her skills. She is quite the adventurer and loves to discover new things.
Faith began her Formal Harness Training in November 2016. She is currently residing with her Guide Dog Mobility Instructor in Portland, OR. We are hoping she returns in Spring2017 to be placed with her forever partner!

hank-150x150The Captain’s Mr. Williams “Hank”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Clipper X Chester ’15)
Raised by:  Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
Spacer - 1 nameLexi & Family of Evansville, WI
DOB: July 24, 2015

Training Stage: Awaiting Formal Harness Training
Hank is litter-mates with PIT Higgins. He has a quiet, sensitive and gentle nature. Hank joined our program at 10 months old.
Hank is being raised by a high school senior as he joins her in school every day.  He has successfully completed his Harness training readiness evaluation and is currently in harness training and will return to Wisconsin in Spring, 2017.

higgins-150x150The Captain’s Henry Higgins “Higgins”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Clipper X Chester ’15)
Raised by: Jim & Kristen of Cobb, WI
Spacer - 1 nameKurt & Kristy of Beloit, WI
DOB: July 24, 2015

Training Stage: Awaiting Formal Harness Training
Higgins is litter-mates with PIT Hank. He is very sweet and gentle and loves to work with his handler. Higgins joined our program at 9 months old.
Higgins is being raised by two school teachers and attends class every day. He has successfully completed his Harness training readiness evaluation and is now in formal harness training with brother Hank.

isaac-150x150Neverest Faithful Sacrifice CGC “Isaac”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Sailor ’15)
Raised by: PawsForward – Oxford, WI
Spacer - 1 nameSean & Shelia of Janesville, WI
DOB: September 14, 2015

Training Stage: Awaiting Formal Harness Training
Isaac is a very easy going boy who likes to have a little time and space to figure things out. He enjoys his job and spending time with his favorite people.
Isaac is living with an active family. He has successfully completed his Harness training readiness evaluation and will be heading to formal training in February 2017.

jordy-150x150Neverest We Need You Back “Jordy”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Neverest Labradors, Fox Lake, WI (Hadley x Chester ’15)
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Katie of Madison, WI
Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
Kassel of Mazomanie, WI
DOB: October 20, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Jordy is a calm, amicable boy. He has a sweet nature and a laid-back personality but is learning new skills quickly and doing well generalizing the skills he’s been developing since early puppyhood.
Jordy is being raised by a college student and after his playtime with Barry, he must get serious and start studying.

liberty-150x175Sunrise Goldens Liberty “Liberty”

Male Golden Retriever
Bred by: Sunrise Goldens, Fond du Lac, WI (Talullah X Bear ’16)
Raised by: Jason & Kourtney of Madison, WI
Beth & Family of Madison, WI
Cassie of Madison, WI
Jim & Kristen of Cobb, WI
DOB: January 1, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Liberty is a huge sweetheart and loves any attention he can get. He is very enthusiastic about his training and loves showing off everything he is learning.
Liberty
was being raised by a college student and living on campus, but now he is living with a Nursing Instructor so he has moved up in rank from student to teacher!

Maverick-150x175Neverest Free Spirit “Maverick”

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Triumph x Dually ’16)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams-Marquette Veterinary Clinic
Raised by: Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
PawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: February 8, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Maverick is litter-mates with PIT Milo. He is a gentle giant and very sweet. Maverick loves learning and exploring new places but also has a healthy dose of caution.
Maverick is working with his inmate raisers on developing his obedience skills and learning to apply them in the presence of controlled distractions.

Milo-150x200Neverest Finding Peace “Milo”

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Triumph x Dually ’16)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams-Marquette Veterinary Clinic
Raised by: Kelli of Madison, WI
Kelsey of Waunakee, WI
PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
PawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: February 8, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Milo is litter-mates with PIT Maverick.  He is pretty confident he’s already got this whole service dog thing figured out. We think he may have a few more skills to learn but won’t spoil the surprise just yet.
Milo is working with his inmate raisers to take his love of learning and empower him as he learns new obedience skills and everyday manners.

nitro-150x150The Captain’s Steady Nitro “Nitro”

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Paige x Jagger ’16)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: PawsForward – Oxford, WI
Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
Annie, Maddie & Lauren of Madison, WI
DOB: March 7, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Nitro is a bold, energetic boy who loves human company.  He is a fast learner and willing to try anything. Nitro joined our program at 6 months old.
Nitro was living with a retired couple, working manners both in the home and out in public and some basic obedience skills.  He is also learning that beards and funny hats are not scary.  He is now spending some time on Campus with three students.  He has learned that Goalie’s are not really that scary!

nero-150x150The Captain’s Emperor Nero “Nero”

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Brandy x Boomer ’16)
Raised by: Don of Verona, WI
PawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: March 11, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Nero is a calm, relaxed boy with a bit of shyness but with each new socialization experience he grows just a little bit bolder. Nero joined our program at 6 months old.
Nero was being raised by a family who have successfully emboldened somewhat cautious puppies and several are working guide dogs today and now has moved to Oxford to expand his horizons.

The Captain’s Isaac “Newton”

Male Chocolate Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Brandy x Boomer ’16)
Raised by: PawsForward of Oxford, WI
Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
DOB: March 11, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Newton is a littermate to GdiT Nero who joined us a couple months earlier.  Newton is a happy, energetic boy, full of joy and cuddles. 

Newton was at the Oxford Correctional to help but his confidence that every person he meets is not scary and getting confidence from some of the other dogs in training at the prison.  He is back living with a retired couple, working manners both in the home and will begin working on getting more comfortable with children.

nemo-150x175Neverest Nobody’s Clown “Nemo”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Neverest Labs, Fox Lake, WI (Tiki x George ’16)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: Kurt & Kristy of Beloit, WI
Spacer - 1 namePawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: March 13, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Nemo is litter-mates with PIT Nash. He is a very loyal boy who only has eyes for his handler. Nemo loves to learn and can’t seem to find enough new skills to tackle.
Nemo is working with his inmate raisers on learning to hang out on his own and enjoy his off-time. He just love his job so much and always wants to be working for his person.

nash-150x150Neverest Using Strategy “Nash”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Neverest Labs, Fox Lake, WI (Tiki x George ’16)
Raised by: David & Marcia of Ft. Atkinson, WI
PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
Courtney Of Verona, WI
DOB: March 13, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Nash is litter-mates with PIT Nemo. Nash is a happy, sweet little boy who is eager to try new things. He is picking up new behaviors quickly.
Nash loves to work! He enjoys his job so much and is now applying what he learned from his inmate raisers how to wait patiently for his turn to work while he explores the world.

nelly-150x150The Captain’s Bodacious Nelly “Nelly”

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Taffy x Parker ’16)
Raised by: Mary of Mazomanie, WI
Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
Mindy & Dan of Lodi, WI
DOB: April 4, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Nelly is a little love bug.  She is on the smaller side and is a sweet, gentle, curious girl.  Nelly joined our program at 5 months old.
Nelly is being raised by an active family with two small children. She has been meeting the world at various events and places.  She has become very bold and confident, while remaining a little cuddler.

paris-150x150Priderocks City of Lights “Paris”

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Pride Rock Labradors,  Lake Milton, Ohio (Kadence x Rollo ’16)
Raised by: Bob & Joann of Plain, WI
Kristy & Kurt of Beloit, WI
DOB: September 2, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Paris is litter-mates with PIT Parker and Payton. Paris is a sweet, gentle little girl. She loves interacting with the world and learning new things.
Paris is living with a family and GDiT Higgins.  Since Higgins is leaving for his formal harness training in a few weeks, she’ll have to be a fast learner to absorb all of Higgins’ wisdom.

parker-150x150PrideRocks Peter “Parker”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Pride Rock Labradors, Lake Milton, Ohio (Kadence x Rollo ’16)
Raised by: Don & Family of Verona, WI
Sean & Shelia of Janesville, WI
DOB: September 2, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Parker is litter-mates with PIT Paris and Payton. Parker is a busy boy who always wants to be right in on the action.
Parker is now being raised by a family with four children. He will have GdiT Isaac living with him for a short time to learn some basics.

payton-150x150PrideRocks Soap Opera “Payton”

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Pride Rock Labradors, Lake Milton, Ohio (Kadence x Rollo ’16)
Raised by: Mary of Mazomanie, WI
Dale & Family of Barneveld, WI
PawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: September 2, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Payton is litter-mates with PIT Paris and Parker. She is a bold, inquisitive girl who is always looking for her next big adventure.
Payton is now living with the inmates in Oxford-FCI where she will increase her obedience skills and work on relaxation manners.

Quill

Male Black Standard Poodle
Donated by: Avalon Standard Poodles of Darlington, WI
Raised by: Mary of Mazomanie, WI
Dale of Barneveld, WI
DOB: October 8, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Quill is litter-mates with GDiT Quinn and Quincy. Quill is a happy, fun loving boy who always wants to be playing with his brothers.
Quill is now living with a family and continues to be a sweet, gentle soul.  He has caught on to obedience training and learning many new things.  He still doesn’t have a Lab appetite though.

Quincy

Male Black Standard Poodle
Donated by: Avalon Standard Poodles of Darlington, WI
Raised by: Lexi & Family of Evansville, WI
Don of Verona, WI
DOB: October 8, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Quincy is litter-mates with GDiT Quinn and Quill. Quincy is a curious explorer and a quiet pup.  He is a very relaxed young boy.
Quincy is living with a family with a couple pre-teens and will spend some time in grade school.  Quincy is the first poodle trained by this experienced raiser.

Quinn

Male Black Standard Poodle
Donated by: Avalon Standard Poodles of Darlington, WI
Raised by: Bob & JoAnn of Plain, WI
DOB: October 8, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Quinn is litter-mates with GDiT Quill and Quincy. Quinn is a little more settled than his two brothers but can easily be encouraged to join in puppy play.
Quinn is living with experienced raisers who do love their little baby pups!

Rayna

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Steppinstone Dog Training and Labradors of Portage, WI
Raised by: Mary of Mazomanie, WI
DOB: November 26, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Rayna is a sweet, little butterball, full of fun.  She will start off with Mary who has taken many of our new pups for those first few weeks of learning life and potty training.

Radar

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: ClearCreek Labradors of Northern, IL
Raised by: Marsha of Ft. Atkinson, WI
DOB: November 27, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Radar is a typical boy, full of energy and spirit.  He and his sister Rosie, come from great bloodlines so we have high expectations from these two pups.

Rosie

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: ClearCreek Labradors of Northern, IL
Raised by: Lexi and family of Evansville, WI
DOB: November 27, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Rosie is a very gentle girl who will be living with a family with other dogs so she shouldn’t be too lonesome those first couple of nights.  She has a great future ahead.