PTSD, PSYCHIATRIC, TBI, MEDICAL ALERT, RETRIEVAL
Meet Kissing Hershey!!
Hershey is a neutered, 5 year-old, 70 lbs., Labrador Retriever Mix.
Hershey LOVES being outside, cuddling and being petted; his assessor received several kisses during his assessment! (Thus his name!) Hershey would easily bond with his “human”, and would give his “human” all the love he has.
Hershey knows many basic commands, and is very treat motivated and intelligent. He can be trained to do a lot of things easily. He enjoys running after balls and playing fetch; he’s not a master at returning items yet, but he would be the PERFECT retrieval candidate.
He “heels” WONDERFULLY on a leash, and continuously checks on his “person” while out (“watch me”). He is not bothered by loud noises, such as traffic, slamming doors or barking dogs. It is unknown how Hershey will do with another dog or cat in a home. He currently has little interaction with the other dogs at his rescue, but he does not seem to be bothered by them. With his outgoing, playful nature, he would most likely get along very well with other dogs.
Hershey would be suited for a handler older than 7 years of age (regardless of gender), who’s activity level is equal to walking for 30 minutes or 30 minutes of activity at least twice a day. He would enjoy spending a good part of the day with someone on their feet walking about as a loyal Service Dog. Don’t let his age deter you – Hershey is a healthy puppy at heart!
Quick assessment of Hershey:
- Is in good health
- Is willing to ‘snuggle’ and be held close
- Willing to be petted and touched on all parts of its body, including back legs and on the face without incident
- Makes good eye contact and holds contact for 10 seconds or more
- Seems to be genuinely interested it’s “person” and seeks attention
- Responds to praise and petting
- Allows hand in its mouth without incident
- Treat motivated for training
- When walking, is more interested on its “person” than on other distractions (other people, dogs) – Responds to ‘leave it’
- Not easily frightened (a response to a loud noise is to be expected, but the dog should not show excessive fear)
- Is friendly, calm, and generally “laid back” around all ages of children and male and female adults
- Exhibits no excessive barking (training can correct this behavior)
- Shows absolutely NO signs of aggression toward other dogs or people
- Absolutely no history of aggression
- Is microchipped
- Up to date on vaccinations
- Unknown relations with cats
We do not transport dogs as there are numerous dogs across the country that need a forever home and have the potential to be a Service Dog. Our dogs have been assessed as potential Service Dogs but have not been trained yet. That training occurs when paired with their handler. This enhances the bond between dog and owner.