- Name: Hero Dogs James Robinson Risner – “Robbie”
- Breed/Color/Sex: Labrador retriever, yellow, M
- DOB: June 3, 2014
- Current Status: Current Status: Therapy Dog
- Donor: Winchester Field-n-Hearth Labradors (Sue Courneya)
- Puppy Raiser: Lisa S.
- Puppy Sponsor: Jeanie Wade
- Puppy Scholarship: ENC·Strategy
Hero Dogs Robbie is a two-year old male yellow Labrador retriever. Robbie has been in our program since 8 weeks of age, and has been in advanced training for several months. However, Robbie just does not have the confidence necessary to become a service dog. He relies strongly on his handler for confidence and is not able to adapt quickly to changing environments and situations. Robbie likes other dogs and gets along very well with all dogs once introduced, but he has a tendency to bark when he sees a strange dog, which is also not acceptable for a service dog. Robbie is a very sweet, affectionate, and cuddly dog but at the same time he does like to work and play.
Robbie would love to have a job that combined both active skills and opportunities to provide affection. Robbie could work with a physical or occupational therapist or other rehabilitation specialist to help patients with regaining motor skills. He could also work with a variety of other health care professionals serving patients of all ages.
Robbie has excellent house manners, obedience, and skills. He is good with children of all ages. Robbie would be happy to have canine or feline housemates. Robbie has average energy for a 2-year old retriever, and is generally content with a solid one-hour walk daily and a few play sessions. Robbie loves to play ball. In the house or office, Robbie is very calm, quiet, and laid back.
If you are a health care provider within 60 miles of Hero Dogs (Brookeville, MD) and are interested in applying for Robbie, please thoroughly read the requirements on our Facility Dogs page and fill out the application there.