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.

Visit Puppy Raising FAQ for additional information on how our puppies are raised
Visit Training FAQ for additional information on the things our dogs learn

Duke (150x200)“Duke”

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: ClearCreek Labradors, Roscoe, IL (Bizzie x Preston ’15)
Raised by: Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
Spacer - 3 namesDale of Barneveld, WI
PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Cassie of Madison, WI
DOB: March 6, 2015

Training Stage: Awaiting Formal Harness Training
Duke is one easy-going boy! He is very sweet natured and tries very hard to learn new skills and please his handler.
Duke passed his Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment in May 2016. He is currently waiting for a spot to open so he can begin his final phase of training.

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 - 1 nameDiane of Sun Prairie, WI & Rebecca of Middleton, WI
DOB: June 15, 2015

Training Stage: Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment
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 being co-raised between two families. She is preparing for her Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment this October. Good Luck!

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

Male Black Standard Poodle
Bred by: Sun-Golden Kennels, Edgerton, WI (River x Shadow ’15)
Raised by: Corin & Kim of Baraboo, WI
Spacer - 2 namesPawsForward – Oxford, WI
Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
DOB: June 15, 2015

Training Stage: Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment
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 raisers on preparing to transition him to working in the outside world. He will hopefully be all set for his Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment this October. Good Luck!

Felix-150x275The Captain’s The Lucky One “Felix”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Farrah X Chester ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: Don of Verona, WI
Spacer - 4 namesCassie of Madison, WI
Katie of Madison, WI
PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
PawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: June 16, 2015

Training Stage: Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment
Felix is litter-mates with PIT Flint. Felix is sweet, friendly boy who loves to play.  He has a lot on his mind and enjoys discovering the world.
Felix is currently working with his inmate raisers on focusing on his very important job. He will hopefully be well prepared for his Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment this October. Good Luck!

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

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Farrah X Chester ’15)
Raised by: Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
Spacer - 2 namesPawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Don of Verona, WI
DOB: June 16, 2015

Training Stage: Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment
Flint is litter-mates with PIT Felix. He is a happy, loving boy with a great attitude. Flint loves to explore and interact with the world around him.
Flint is working with his raiser on remaining calm in a variety of social settings. He will hopefully be ready to shine at his Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment this October. Good Luck!

Hank (150x150)The 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: Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment
Hank is litter-mates with PIT Harvey, Higgins, and Hooper. 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 is preparing for his Harness Training Readiness Assessment this October. Good Luck!

Harvey-150x175“Harvey”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Clipper X Chester ’15)
Raised by: PawsForward- Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 2 namesDon of Verona, WI
David & Marcia of Ft. Atkinson, WI
DOB: July 24, 2015

Training Stage: Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment
Harvey is litter-mates with PIT Hank, Higgins, and Hooper. He is a quiet, sensitive and very gentle boy. Harvey joined our program at 9 months old.
Harvey’s raisers are helping him develop his confidence. He will hopefully be all set for his Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment this October. Good Luck!

Higgins (150x150)“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 nameSue of Verona, WI
DOB: July 24, 2015

Training Stage: Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment
Higgins is litter-mates with PIT Hank, Harvey, and Hooper. He is very sweet and gentle. Higgins joined our program at 9 months old.
Higgins is being raised by our volunteer coordinator. He will hopefully be well prepared for his Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment this October. Good Luck!

Hooper (150x150)The Captain’s Stuntman “Hooper”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Clipper X Chester ’15)
Raised by: Dale of Barneveld, WI
DOB: July 24, 2015

Training Stage: Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment
Hooper is litter-mates with PIT Hank, Harvey, and Higgins. He joined us at 10 months old as a started hunting dog. He is now adjusting his skills for service work.
Hooper is being raised with a family who has time to teach him the basics. He will hopefully be ready to shine at his Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment this October. Good Luck!

I Litter Green Collar 7 wks (200x200)Neverest 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: Obedience and Socialization
Isaac is litter-mates with PIT Ivan and Ivy. He is a very easy going boy who likes to have a little time and space to figure things out.
Isaac is living with an active family. They are working him in public in a lot of new and exciting locations where he can discover all about the world.

Neverest Gracious Gift CGC “Ivan”

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 Isaac, and Ivy. He is a very observant boy who loves to explore his environment.
Ivan is working with his inmate raisers to be able to generalize his skills to other environments and with distractions present.

IvyOccuPaws Always Faithful “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 Isaac and Ivan. She is a very soft, sensitive girl who needs a gentle soul to bring out her potential. Ivy joined our program at 8 months old.
Ivy is working with her inmate raisers to discover some confidence in new situations and to learn her basic obedience and manners.

Jordy (150x150)Neverest 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
Spacer - 1 nameKatie of Madison, 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 right in the heart of downtown Madison. He likes to work at his own pace so he is working with his raiser to build a stronger motivation and desire for his job.

Karma-150x225Maple Ridge’s Meant to Be “Karma”

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Maple Ridge Labradors, Bagley, MN (Lady x Sailor ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
Spacer - 3 namesDon of Verona, WI
PawsForward – Oxford, WI
Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
DOB: November 13, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Karma is a sweet, soft girl. She likes to take her time getting to know new people and exploring the world around her.
Karma is working with her inmate raisers to develop more self control and some new obedience skills. She is also working with a variety of handlers to help her build more confidence.

Kismet-150x175Maple Ridge’s In the Stars “Kismet”

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Maple Ridge Labradors, Bagley, MN (Lady x Sailor ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: Sean & Sheila of Janesville, WI
Spacer - 1 namePawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: November 13, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Kismet is an enthusiastic and energetic girl. She loves tackling new challenges and is a sponge when it comes to learning new skills.
Kismet is working with her inmate raisers on settling in busy and chaotic environments. She loves to join in on the action but is now learning to wait until she is invited.

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
Spacer - 2 namesBeth & Family 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
is being raised by a college nursing professor. He attends community college and like any good student, sleeps through all his classes.

Lucy (150x150)Harvestime’s Havin’ a Ball “Lucy”

Female Golden Retriever
Bred by: Harvestime Kennel, Menasha, WI (Whisper X Peak ’16)
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 1 nameBeth & Family of Madison, WI
DOB: January 12, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Lucy is a very sweet, lovable little girl.  She is a ball of fur with a pup somewhere inside.  Lucy is very mellow but also quite confident.
Lucy
is now being raised by a young family. She is learning to take direction from children and is building confidence in busier ‘kid-friendly’ environments.

Maverick-150x175Neverest Free Spirit “Maverick”

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Triumph x Dually ’16)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
Spacer - 1 namePawsForward – Oshkosh, 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: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: Kelli of Madison, WI
Spacer - 2 namesKelsey of Waunakee, WI
PawsForward – Oshkosh, 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.

The Captain’s Steady Nitro

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN
Raised by: PawsForward-Oxford
DOB: March 7, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Nitro is the bolder and more energetic of the two recent kennel-mates – Nelly and Nero.  He is a fast learner and willing to try anything.  He is holding his own when playing with a couple older dogs in the Oxford program, but prefers human company.

Nitro is the third dog for the two inmates raising dogs in the Oxford Federal Correctional Camp and he is learning his bag of behaviors well.

The Captain’s Emperor Nero

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN
Raised by: Don & Family of Verona, WI
DOB: March 11, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Nero is kennel-mates with PIT Nelly and Nitro. He is a calm, relaxed boy with a bit of shyness, but as he greets his new surroundings he grows bolder
.
Nero is being raised by a family who have successfully emboldened somewhat cautious puppies and several are working guide dogs today.  He will do great.

Nemo (150x150)Neverest Nobody’s Clown “Nemo”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Neverest Labs, Fox Lake, WI (Tiki x George ’16)
Raised by: Kurt & Kristy of Beloit, WI
DOB: March 13, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Nemo is litter-mates with PIT Nash. He is a very loyal boy with only has eyes for his handler. Nemo loves to learn and can’t seem to find enough new skills to tackle.
Nemo is being raised by two teachers. He is a regular student in their classrooms and a favorite classmate of all their students.

Nash-150x175Neverest Using Strategy “Nash”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Neverest Labs, Fox Lake, WI (Tiki x George ’16)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: David & Marcia of Ft. Atkinson, WI
Spacer - 1 namePawsForward – Oshkosh, 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 learning from his inmate raisers how to wait patiently for his turn to work.

The Captain’s Bodacious Nelly

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN
Raised by: Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
DOB: April 4, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Nelly is a little love bug.  She is sweet, gentle and curious.  She is smaller than her two kennel mates who also recently joined the program, be she can outrun them all.  

She is being raised by a retired couple and living in a house full of other dogs of all ages.  She has decided Barry is her role model and copies everything he does, including the command crate.  Now if she just went into her own crate….

Ones-150x150Nala von Granville “Ones”

Female Black and Tan German Shepherd
Bred by: Granville German Shepherds, Itasca, IL (Eva x Blue ’16)
Raised by: Kelsey of Waunakee, WI
DOB: June 4, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Ones is a sweet, social little girl. She loves to spend her days curled up at your feet and is a quick study when it comes to learning any new skills. We hope she’s “the one” for a future OccuPaws’ guide dog applicant.
Ones is being raised with several other experienced service dogs. They are quickly teaching her the ropes and setting a good example for her to follow. Ones also has several siblings training at another guide dog school.

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