The Race to becoming a Service Dog

Campaign Created by: paws4people foundation
Tax ID number: 54-1948479

The funds from this campaign will be received by Kyria Whisenhunt.

Goal: USD $12,000
Raised: USD $ 20
Our mission is educating and empowering people to utilize Assistance Dogs to transform their lives. We provide highly trained, customized, and insured Assistance Dogs to people with disabilities at no cost. These dogs change and often times save lives. 

The happy parents, RIVER & BRAXTON are proud to introduce you to their 8 Assistance Dogs in-Training. Born on October 27th, 2020. All of these puppies began their training at three days old to become the world's best Assistance Dogs. The goal of this campaign is to raise a portion of the money required to get this entire litter through it's training process resulting in it's placement with individuals with disabilities. This process takes approximately two years and costs nearly $100K per dog.

The first phase of this training begins at 3 days old and lasts through 20 weeks which takes place at our Puppy Development Center (PDC) in Wilmington, NC. 

Our first goal of the campaign is to raise $12K to provide the training needed for 1 puppy to complete its socialization and environmental exposure training at the PDC.

UPDATES

Update #19
April 1, 2021
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Public Access Training is more fun when it’s with your siblings! This litter of puppies enjoyed a fun outing together before leaving for their prison training. To see them in action, follow us on our social media platforms:

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Update #18
March 15, 2021
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The RIVER litter said goodbye to their mom today as they venture to the paws4prisons® program in West Virginia! They have grown so much since their beginning days at the Puppy Development Center and we can't wait to see where this next part of their journey takes them!!

Update #17
March 11, 2021
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Puppies are so fun!! It is so important to us that our puppies are having fun all while working hard to learn commands and Public Access Train. Each puppy of the litter has their own fun and quirky personality! 

Update #16
March 11, 2021
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It’s like we blinked and this litter doubled in size. They have grown up into the most beautiful, smart, and lovable Golden Retrievers! They are now 18 weeks and next week they will be heading to our paws4prisions® program where  they will begin the next phase of their training!

Update #15
March 9, 2021
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PENSKE met his very first kiddo the other day! This is a big step for our puppies as it provides early exposure to children so that as they grow up they are used to kids! PENSKE made an immediate best friend.

To see PENSKE's new friend, follow us on our social media platforms!

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Update #14
March 9, 2021
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ANDRETTI and PENSKE are quite the dynamic duo within the litter. As our puppies grow up, they create special bonds with certain siblings. These two are equally adorable as they are sweet!
 

Update #13
March 2, 2021
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paws4people Assistance Dog in-Training, PENSKE is a fast boy who loves to play with his siblings. Even at just 4 weeks old he was moving quicker than his littermates.

 

Update #12
March 2, 2021
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INDY took a trip to the local book store! Here she learned basic Public Access skills and how to read! Just kidding, she didn’t actually learn how to read but she did convince her trainer to read this book to her! 

To see INDY doing a great job working in public, follow us on our social media platforms, Facebook & Instagram!

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Update #11
February 22, 2021
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Dressing up your puppy can be fun! Did you know it can also serve as a great confidence building training session? We put out puppies in costumes and work on command training with them. This allows for our puppies to learn how to focus on doing commands while having distractions around and on them. PETTY is so handsome in his costume!

To see PETTY all dressed up, follow us on our social media platforms, Facebook & Instagram!

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Update #10
February 19, 2021
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The RIVER puppies experienced their very first outing out of their puppy pouches! They loved getting to meet all the people around the store and have to say that they look pretty official in their new puppy vests! PETTY is so handsome in his vest! 

To see PETTY on his first outing, follow us on our social media platforms, Facebook & Instagram!

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Update #9
February 12, 2021
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“Leave it” is one of the most critical commands our dogs learn. Our puppies learn this at a young age and practice it in different locations to help them generalize the command. PENSKE knows he is a smart boy and can’t wait to learn more commands!

To see PENSKE working on his "leave it" command, follow us on our social media platforms, Facebook & Instagram!

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Update #8
February 11, 2021
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At our Puppy Development Center our puppies get to explore our outdoor stimulation area. Here they can run and jump on our equipment which exposes them to different textures and obstacles. INDY enjoys climbing up on our bridge, she is so brave!

Update #7
February 11, 2021
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When our puppies are 6 weeks or younger, they begin their Public Access Training on our puppy pouches. This ensures that our puppies are kept safe and well controlled during these outings as they begin to get used to being out in public. INDY gave the shoppers at Academy Sports her sweet puppy eyes in order to get some attention during one of her first outings a few weeks ago! 

To see INDY working on his public access skills, follow us on our social media platforms, Facebook & Instagram!

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Update #7
February 11, 2021
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PETTY and his mom, RIVER, enjoyed their playtime together recently. Our puppies love when they get to spend quality time with their mom and RIVER also teaches them proper dog behavior while she is around them.
 

Update #6
February 11, 2021
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We are throwing it all the way back to the itty bitty puppy days when the RIVER litter was still eating mush. Mush ensures that our puppies are getting all the proper nutrients while they also nurse on their mom. In this photo the puppies were just 4 weeks old!

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Update #4
February 2, 2021
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Next to the starting line of becoming a Service Dog is… PENSKE. PENSKE is coming in at 8.2 pounds, his racecar color is orange, and he is best known for his love of the cuddle command.
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Update #3
February 2, 2021
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Next to the starting line of becoming a Service Dog is… PETTY. PETTY is coming in at 10.8 pounds, his racecar color is brown, and he is best known for chasing his siblings during play time. 
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Update #2
February 2, 2021
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Next to the starting line of becoming a Service Dog is… INDY. INDY is coming in at 10.2 pounds, her race car color is red, and she is best known for being the sweetest girl with the best puppy eyes.
To see pictures of INDY, follow us on our social media platforms, Facebook & Instagram!

Update #1
January 27, 2021
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We are introducing you to RIVER and BRAXTON’s puppies! Any guesses on what their litter theme is?? This week we will be announcing them one by one so stay tuned for names!

 

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