Meet Robbie, our Hero Dog in training

Meet Robbie, our Hero Dog in training

By Lyndsey Warner Caulkins

You probably remember our stories about Grant, our former Hero Dog in training who is now a successful therapy dog for the organization and volunteers in settings such as schools, hospitals and retirement homes. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them – free of charge – with our nation’s veterans to improve quality of life and restore their independence.

Now, ENC is proud to announce that Robbie the yellow Labrador is joining our roster of sponsored Hero Dogs! Robbie is named after Brig. Gen. James Robinson Risner, ace fighter pilot of the U.S. Air Force. Our sponsorship funds his puppy scholarship, which helps offset the training costs (trainer hours, facility use, classroom supplies) during the first 16-18 months, a critical period of the Robbie’s learning and development. During this time, Robbie lives with a foster puppy raiser they both attend weekly training classes. Robbie will also go on field trips accompanied by his trainers to work on his socialization manners, and skills in public.

Robbie is an adventurous pup. He’s not even a year old and has already visited the Baltimore Aquarium, hiked Sugarloaf Mountain, toured multiple schools and attended yoga class. So far he’s learned that he really likes sticks and that yoga class is first-rate for nap time.

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Robbie is learning a lot in his puppy classes, including “sit,” “stay,” “come,” “stand,” and “wait.” We’re excited to be a part of this program and can’t wait to see all the cool things Robbie will do! To learn more about the puppy program and the Hero Dog experience, check out

Check back soon to hear more about our hero dogs and their adventures!

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