Training Pupdates

Weekly pupdate with Brady and Hannah

Brady is loving being a New Englander!  He gets to do the weather forecast with Matt Noyes on NBC 10 Boston, which has included a lot of snow!  Brady loves bounding through the white fluffy stuff with his ears flapping. He has also explored the Harvard and MIT campuses while they were decorated in white.

As far as training, Brady learned the "touch" behavior.  This is a targeting exercise where Brady puts his nose on the palm of my hand.  This is the foundation of service dog tasks like turning on a light switch or pressing a button to open an electric door.  Check out the video to see him practicing this fun, new skill.  Be sure to check back with us next week.  See you soon.

Checking in with Brady and Hannah

Weekly pupdate with Brady and Hannah

Check in with Brady 3-13-18

Checking in with Brady and Hannah 3-8-18

Brady and YHannah at the Copley Plaza in Boston.Brady and Hannah at the Copley Plaza in Boston.What a week for Brady!  From taking in the bright lights of New York City, to the super warm welcome he was given in his new hometown of Boston!  It has been non-stop excitement for this little big man.  The socializing opportunities have been endless so far, seeing big trucks and hearing sirens, meeting so many new friends, and feeling different surfaces under his paws.  Brady was even welcomed to Boston by Carly Copley the Canine Ambassador of the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

We’ve been working on housebreaking this week, and Brady loves snuggling in his crate.  He’s learning about all the sounds of a house such as pots and pans, vacuum cleaners, and garbage disposals.  He’s also figuring out how to relax while riding in the car.  He adores his name, and felt right at home sporting the number 12 jersey on NBC 10 Boston. 

Weather forecast with Brady 3-7-18

Weekly check-in with Brady 3-7-18

Introducing Brady 3-27-18

Checking in with the Class of 2019

Stacy and Charlie visit TODAY 2-28-18

TODAY puppy name reveal 3-27-18

Class of 2019 on Megyn Kelly TODAY

Meet the new puppies with a purpose 3-26-18

Meet Brady

Hi there!  I’m BRADY, the new puppy at NBC Boston.  I’m so excited to live in the area with my puppy raiser Hannah for the next 16 months.  I know I have a lot to learn, but I’m going to become the best Yellow lab pup Brady poses for the camera.service dog I can to one day support a US veteran.  I wonder if we’ll get to follow in the footsteps of Paul Revere or walk the Freedom Trail?  I’ll have to ask Hannah if puppies can eat at the Union Oyster House or grab a a slice from Pizzeria Regina.  I also want to visit the New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall too.  Maybe even take in a game at Fenway.   If you see us around town, please stop us to say hello!  Hannah and I will be on NBC Boston every week, so you can follow our adventures there, or on our very own Instagram page. 

Birthday: January 2, 2018
Mom: Muffin (Yellow Labrador Retriever)
Dad: Pancho (Black Labrador Retriever)
Siblings: Seven brothers and sisters (4 yellow male, 1 black male, 2 black female)
This male yellow Labrador Retriever is one of the largest in the litter and loves his meal-time.

Hannah Cunningham

Hannah Cunningham grew up in the Boston area, and after graduating from Boston University with degrees in psychology and philosophy, she set out to find a career that would help others. Hannah soon realized that training service dogs would combine her passions for dogs and giving back to others, particularly veterans.

Hannah holding her Boston station yellow Lab pup.She began her career as an assistant for local pet training classes in her area. From there, she attended the Karen Pryor Professionals Program to become a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. With this new certification, she began to teach puppy kindergarten, basic manners, and advanced manners classes for Boston-area families and their puppies. Hannah also interned at the New England Aquarium in the Marine Mammal Department where she learned about the benefits of using positive reinforcement with animals both large and small. 

In 2016, Hannah was able to achieve her goal of training service dogs for veterans when she joined America’s VetDogs, where she is currently a prison puppy program advisor for several correctional institutions in Massachusetts. She is excited to be the raiser and trainer of a future service dog for the NBC Class of 2019 “puppy with a purpose” program. Hannah hopes to have impact on the veteran who will one day have this puppy in their life, and to inspire others to find their own ways to give back to the veterans who have served our country.

Get your Puppy with a Purpose

Photo of a black and yellow plush Lab toy with an AVD vest.