DOB: 11/28/18
Breed: Labrador Retriever
Career-Changed from: Guide Dogs for the Blind
Training Phase: C
Scent Training Phase: 3
Learn about our training phases and scent training phases.

Fun Facts:

Fitzsimmons is a large goofy lab that loves to play and interact with his people. Best thing is after a play session he'll curl up at your feet for a long nap.

Fitzsimmons’s Journey

Active Training

Placement with Client

Ready for Graduation

Working Life-Saver

Fitzsimmons’s Updates

coffee break.....
tuckered out puppy.....
this is fun.....

Training Status Update: 10/13/21

Fitzsimmons will be graduating as our next quality control animal. NICST prides ourselves in being the leader in industry standards.  In short this means we are one of the few organizations that has quality control measures in place that allow us to prove our dogs know the hypoglycemic scent before they are placed with a client.  Our quality control starts each morning when our trainers proof out the donated scent we get from our clients. Our Quality Control Animals smell the samples, and need to agree with 80% accuracy that a sample is viable before we can use it in training. Proofing scent ensures our training dogs are actually being imprinted and trained on the hypoglycemic scent. Fitzsimmons is the best of the best at scenting and being selected for this job is akin to being selected as a breeder for GDB.  Only the most driven and accurate dogs can do this job.  Fitzsimmons has gone through hundreds of extra trials and we have compared his results with our existing proof animals and he is fantastic at his job!   As one of our Quality Control Animals he will be leading the way for our next generation of service dogs as well as be an ambassador dog for our organization.



Training Status Update: 9/13/21

We have slowed down Fitzsimmons training to assess where he will best fit as a service dog. One of the great things about our program is that we have the ability to speed up or slow down based on what each dog needs. Every dog we receive is a gift and we understand the time, love and resources that brought them to our program. Being able to take our time with Fitzsimmons allows us to honor the work that went into raising such a wonderful dog and give him the best shot at fulfilling a life of service. 


Training Status Update: 8/24/21

Fitz is learning to offer “visit” whether trainer is sitting on ground or in a chair (associated video of him beginning to respond to “visit” cue)






Training Status Update: 8/16/21

Fitzsimmons has begun work on extra skills such as fetching low supplies for a T1D in need. He is also learning decompression therapy “visit” (associated picture: he practiced the “visit” skill during a client class outing to the mall on 8/8/21)




Training Status Update: 8/4/21

Fitzsimmons did a huge mall outing with the current client training class. Halfway through we took a break and he just melted into my lap for a good 20min cat nap; all ready to do it again!





Training Status Update: 6/8/21

Scent Training – He’s working on duration at the target odor, and he will be introduced to his first decoy soon.

Dumbbell Training – He’s continuing to work on building a solid hold behavior.



Training Status Update: 5/27/21

Fitzsimmons is learning all sorts of new things in training but also having a great time with his loving CTP out and about.










Training Status Update: 3/30/21

Fitzsimmons first day of school! He is being introduced to dumbbell training.





Training Status Update: 2/16/21

Welcome to the family Fitzsimmons….







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