Leader Dog University: Homecoming 2013

Published in: Update - Issue 3 - 2013 »     Listen to Article ♫
A mother and her two children, one girl and one boy, crouch in the grass, smiling and looking at the camera. The mother has her arms around a golden retriever puppy

A puppy raiser family
enjoys the day with
their Future Leader Dog.

During the first weekend of August, Leader Dog was home to over 600 puppy raisers and breeding stock host families as we held our 26th Annual Leader Dog University: Homecoming.

The event started on Friday evening when breeding stock moms and dads were reunited with puppies. The events continued on Saturday with speakers, tours and fun.

Guests had the opportunity to hear from a client, Avril Rinn, about her Leader Dog, Maverick. Throughout the day, LDB team members answered many questions about how our dogs are trained, explained how the dogs are cared for in the kennel, offered training tips and techniques and explained how dogs are selected to be in our breeding colony.

Two women help to position a golden retriever's paws, which are coated in paint, over a paper taped to a board on the ground outside

Many of the dogs
love to play Picasso.

A highlight of the day was having Nan Nellenbach and Pat Boyd talk about their experiences in raising 100 puppies (50 puppies each). These amazing women shared their stories and were an inspiration to both new and experienced raisers in the audience.

Everyone had the opportunity to go to downtown Rochester to watch our clients training with their dogs, and to get creative by making "Pawtraits" with their dogs.

Each year we look forward to welcoming our puppy raisers and breeding host families, some of whom travel hundreds of miles to get here, to rekindle old friendships, make new friendships and share our passion for our fantastic canines.

We'd like to thank the 73 oncampus volunteers who helped run the event and our sponsors: Purina Pro Plan Division, Pet Supplies Plus and Coastal Pet Products. Their support enabled us to do things bigger and better than ever before!

We are already planning for next year and look forward to Leader Dog University: Homecoming 2014!