For a very long time, Steve has been helping people train dogs for many roles, and none more important than training dogs to assist people.
Whether the goal was to help people with emotional, psychiatric, mental health, medical needs, anxiety or depression challenges, Steve has been involved in teaching the dogs how to behave in given circumstances.
One challenge has always been to find dogs with suitable temperaments for these particularly important roles. Training a dog to assist their person in any and every environment and around any distraction is challenging enough but if you are working with a dog that is nervous, fearful or unstable in any way, the task may never be achievable.
When we started breeding Labradors, it was with these specific goals in mind, so temperament and health were at the top of our list when it came to breeding goals.
Rosie Cheeks was our maiden breeding female and she has produced some incredible pups, thriving as assistance dogs and even dogs that are owned by Psychologists who have their Herzhund Lab as a Therapy dog in session.
Diabetic alert dogs and dogs that indicate on many of the owners behaviours, odours or mannerisms mean you can end up with a 24 hour a day companion to help you.
Unlike many assistance dogs, lazy or sleepy dogs in the background, Steve aims for an energetic dog to help get you off that couch and be active.
Sure, our dogs love a sleep in and love to laze on the couch too, but they are also bred to work and love fetching, running, swimming, hiking, playing, and walking!
Our lines are very trainable as they are bred from working lines. They genetically love people and are raised from day one by our whole family and staff at our dog training company, K9 Pro – The K9 Professionals in our unequalled imprinting program.