Meet Puppy #20,000 – Legacy!

A yellow lab/golden retriever cross puppy sits on a sidewalk in the sun on leash. He is looking at the camera with his mouth open as if smiling
Legacy in April

Say hello to Future Leader Dog Legacy – the puppy wearing tag #20,000! This adorable Labrador/golden cross is pictured in the photo album below with his puppy raisers, Erin, Kate and Eric, who are all guide dog mobility instructors at Leader Dog and are team-raising Legacy. Legacy is now at home beginning his learning journey.

Legacy settled in very well at home. He loves to roughhouse and cuddle with his big brother, Finn, a career changed Labrador/golden retriever cross. His days are filled with eating, playing, training and sleeping. He’s decided that his favorite place to sleep is right by the dog food bin in the kitchen. He is coming along with potty training and sleeps through the night in his crate!

After about a month at his new home, Legacy is still working on learning basic house manners and potty training. He does a good job choosing to chew on his toys rather than other items around the house. His personality has definitely started to show and he’s a very loving and goofy boy.

Legacy does mini training sessions during lunch time each day and works on different things each session. He has a solid understanding of the obedience commands sit, down, and touch. We are currently working on stay as well as his loose leash walking and building up the duration of these behaviors.

He goes for daily walks in the neighborhood to try and expose him to as many sights and sounds as possible and he comes to work at Leader Dog about three days a week.

Legacy's biggest challenge right now is his impulse control around new people. He is a very social boy! He is working on remaining calm and holding his sit or down position when people walk past or approach him.

How Legacy Got His Name

This spring, 343 people voted on five possible names for this milestone puppy. But the scales were tipped to the name Legacy by a large number of votes from AAA – The Auto Club Group. “We are huge supporters of Leader Dog, so when we were working from home and saw the opportunity to vote on the name of puppy #20,000, we knew we had to jump on it,” says Megan Williams, Senior Vice President of HR for AAA. “The word ‘legacy’ is important to us because, like Leader Dog, our legacy is one of service. AAA has been a trusted advocate for the American public for over 100 years. Especially during the current national epidemic, we are glad that we bring peace of mind to our members.”

Follow Legacy's Journey

Stay tuned to all our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn) for updates on Future Leader Dog Legacy over the coming year! Future Leader Dog Legacy also has his own Instagram account. This page will also be updated with photos and info as Legacy grows.

Thank you to everyone who donated to vote on a name. You can still give in honor of Legacy and more puppies like him on their journeys to become trusted guide dogs. The partnership of someone who is blind with a Leader Dog is only possible because of incredible supporters like you.

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