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

Duke (150x200)“Duke”

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

Training Stage: 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 began his Formal Harness Training in October 2016. He is currently residing with his Guide Dog Mobility Instructor in Portland, OR. We are hoping he returns in Spring 2017 to be placed with his forever partner!

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 will be heading to formal training in January, 2017.

harvey-150x200The Captain’s Comical Harvey “Harvey”

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

Training Stage: Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment
Harvey is litter-mates with PIT Hank and Higgins. 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. Good Luck!

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 will be heading to formal training in January, 2017.

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 Spring 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
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.

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
Beth & Family of Madison, WI
Jim & Kristen of Cobb, WI
Cassie of Madison, 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 now being raised by a college student and is living on campus, adjusting to the hustle and bustle of campus life and activities.

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: 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
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 is working with his inmate raisers on housebreaking, manners both in the home and out in public and some basic obedience skills.

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
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 is being raised by a family who have successfully emboldened somewhat cautious puppies and several are working guide dogs today.

The Captain’s Isaac “Newton”

Male Chocolate Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Brandy x Boomer ’16)
Raised by: 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.  His current family is working on increasing his confidence around smaller children.

Newton is being raised by a retired couple who also have a kennelmate of Newton’s, Nelly.  He and Nelly are best buds and she has been teaching him noisy little children are good.

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
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
Spacer - 1 nameMark & Barb of Cross Plains, 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 a retired couple on a farm. She has been meeting the world at various events and places.  She has become very bold and confident, while remaining a little cuddler.

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.

paris-150x150Paris

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Pride Rock Labradors,  Lake Milton, Ohio (Kadence x Rollo ’16)
Raised by: Bob & Joann of Plain, 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 volunteer EMT. She is a regular at the fire station where she is adored as their newest little mascot.

parker-150x150Parker

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Pride Rock Labradors, Lake Milton, Ohio (Kadence x Rollo ’16)
Raised by: Don & Family of Verona, 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 being raised by a family with two pre-teens. He occasionally helps volunteer at their school and spends time with the other children.

payton-150x150Payton

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Pride Rock Labradors, Lake Milton, Ohio (Kadence x Rollo ’16)
Raised by: Mary of Mazomanie, 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 living with an in-home raiser where she is working on housebreaking, crate training, and basic house manners.

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