Texas A&M students fostering future service dogs
Two FSD puppies have headed out to the Lone Star State for preliminary training from Aggie Guide-Dogs and Service-Dogs (AGS), a student-run organization at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The main goals of AGS are to train puppies to become service dogs, fundraise for these service dogs, and educate the public about service dogs. With the help of puppy trainers that are carefully selected from the student body and local community members, the puppies in training learn basic obedience and socialization during their 10 to 13 months in the program.
As part of FSD’s initiative to acquire and train younger dogs that may have a greater chance for success as service dogs, FSD enrolled puppies Maverick and Goose in the AGS program. Mav, a 4-month-old yellow Labrador retriever, is being trained by Ethan Gillmore, who says the adorable Lab is motivated to learn and eager to please (when he’s not taking a power nap). Riley Wilkerson, who is training Goose, say the 4-month-old standard poodle puppy is smart and loves to train, especially when kibble is involved.
Mav and Goose will return to FSD for advanced training in March 2020.