*as of 2/11/2020
Hello, I'm Leon and I'm an English chocolate Labrador Retriever. I'm lovable, energetic, and fun. Almost everyone comes to love me at first sight; I'm adorable. I'm very confident for my age, and I believe I can expand it even more as I mature. I hope to become a service dog and graduate with full public access.
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From Leon's Handlers
"Leon fills my everyday with sunshine and meaning. Because of him, I have to be responsible in all my decision making and keep everyone's interest in mind." -Robert
See Leon's Progress Below
This month has been fun and challenging. I have lots of fun when I am learning how to do an emergency recall. My teachers yell out my favorite word and I get to run back to them as fast as I can. It's always fun and exciting. We also play a game called freeze. We all run around and act crazy, then all of the sudden everyone stops. They look frozen like statues. I try to copy them, but sometimes it's difficult because I'm so excited. I'll learn how to freeze like them very soon. I'm still learning how to play nice with all my friends. At times, I still play a little too rough. I am getting better when walking on leash with one of my teachers. Birds and cats are exciting and I'm learning not to chase, bark, and lunge at them. Bye for now!
January 2020 Update
It's Leon again everyone and I've some great news to share. My request for advance placement in the New Life K9's program has been approved. I was assigned a new handler that began teaching me about magnificent manners and about having good social behavior. I didn't realize it's so much work, but I have to keep working hard to improve myself. I have a short temper when it comes to cats, squirrels, and some younger puppies. I'll be studying and working hard to be nicer to my little puppy friends. Enjoy the holidays!
December 2019 Update
Hello everybody, I'm Leon. This month, I've been working on a bit of everything. Opening a door is easy, but closing a door takes so much practice. I can see myself in the future, not only opening doors for my human, but closing them after myself, so that my human won't need to. Instead of using my front paws, I'm learning to nudge the door closed with my nose. See you next month!
November 2019 Update
Hello everybody! This month I've been working on walking by cats. There are so many of them around here, and they're so fun to chase. But I know I shouldn't be trying to play with them while I'm on leash. I've really trying to ignore them while I walk. When I'm placed with my future person I need to be on my best behavior so that I don't cause anyone to get angry at us. I'm doing my best! In case anyone is wondering, I really love pepperoni treats. Feel free to drop some off for me and my friends. I'm still working on my pulling issues. Sometimes I walk with my handlers perfect, and at times I tent to be in a hurry. I know I need to master this skill and I'm confident that I can do it. Just give me some time, I'll get it right. My favorite game is tug. I always win! My handlers are strong but not strong as I am. Sometimes it seems too easy. One day I might just let me handlers win. Cooper, on the other hand, is strong and we're almost a good match, except he's a little stronger. Bye for now!
October 2019 Update
It's me, Leon! I'm currently struggling with my walking because there are so many cats and squirrels where I live. It seems there's a cat or squirrel around every corner or besides the walkways. I'm trying my best to get used to them because I know I can't draw my future human if I try to chase them. My handlers are working closely with me, constantly. We've been doing a lot of walking, talking, and food sharing. We'll get there. My favorite playmates are Angel and Maria. Angel gives me a challenge. Maria, on the other hand, plays with some challenge, but I have to be careful with her because she's little. At this time, my role model is Cooper. He's so cool!
September 2019 Update
This month I’ve been learning to give the items I retrieve. Also, I’ve been learning to climb on top of benches and racks, so that I can build my confidence. I don’t normally jump on things, but I know eventually I’ll have to be confident enough to do it when I need to. I still need to grow a bit taller for a better leap. I have kennel cough right now, so I can’t play with my friends until I’m better. For now, I’m enjoying time alone, long walks, and doing some exploring. It’s wonderful! Talk to you next time!
July 2019 Update
Hello everybody! This is your young, male chocolate Lab at CMC-West. This month I’m working on opening and closing doors, retrieving items, and identifying items, such as a leash, a book, a remote control, and a monkey. It’s not easy work, but I’m making’ it happen. My walking could use a little work because there are so many things to distract me while I walk. I’ll keep trying my best until I get it right. I want to be the best service dog ever, so I need to refine my skills. I know I can do it! My favorite playmate is Hana. She’s always got me on my back, but its only because I let her think she’s winning. Thanks for reading this message and I’ll see you next month.
June 2019 Update
Leon here! This month I've been working on my walking. I have a tendency to walk behind my handlers, but I realize what I'm doing as soon as they call my name or slow down. I'm getting better. I've also gone swimming this month! I'm still young, and I'm getting used to being in a swimming pool. I'm sure I'll enjoy it more as I mature. And, I'm even learning to count numbers. It helps me get smarter. In the end, I want to be the perfect friends, companion, and assistant for my future human so we can enjoy life together. Lately, I've been enjoying time with my friend Maria. She comes into my crate once a day and we wrestle, of course, I take it easy on her because she's little and because I'm the perfect gentle puppy. Yeah, that's how I roll.
May Update 2019
Hey everyone! This month I'm working on my walking, learning to open and close doors, and I'm learning counting and identifying shapes. When I master my walking technique I will not be a burden on anyone who may be trying to walk me. Opening and closing doors is a good skill because my future veteran or first responder may need my assistance in retrieving medication or water. If I open a cabinet door to get an item, I can close the door after myself so that my person won't have to. And if my person needs me to tug open, or close a bigger door I'll be able to do that too. During playtime I love to wrestle with Hana. We take turn pinning each other down. And for treats, I love banana, apples, and carrots. That's it for now. Talk to you next time.
April Update 2019
This is my first update ever! I could not be more excited. This month I'm working on "yes or no" choices so that I'll be able to communicate better with my human companion. I'm also working on "ick," so that I won't pick something up that may be harmful to me. I'm even learning to walk without pulling ahead or lagging behind. I'm learning my name, how to be patient, gentle, and going to the restroom at the appropriate time. It's not easy, but once I learn and perfect all these things, people will enjoy having me around because I'll be so well-mannered. So please, everyone wish me good luck! So far, I like to explore in grassy areas, play with Faith, Hana, and Cooper, and I like cheese. My favorite toys are tugs and stuffed animals.
March Update 2019