DOB: 4/6/22
Breed: Labrador/Golden Cross
Career-Changed from: Guide Dogs of America
Training Phase: A
Scent Training Phase: 0
Learn about our training phases and scent training phases.

Fun Facts:

Maverick was donated to us by Guide Dogs of America. He is a confident and eager to please puppy that enjoys exploring the world and learning new commands.

Maverick’s Journey

Active Training

Placement with Client

Ready for Graduation

Working Life-Saver

Maverick’s Updates

Training Status Update: 12/25/23

NICST is excited to announce the placement of FRK9 Maverick with the Santa City of Santa Rosa Fire Department!! Maverick was given to NICST by Guide Dogs of America – Tender Loving Canines as a puppy.

Maverick was trained by the National Institute of Canine Science and Training – First Response K-9 Agency Dog Program. The Program is designed to help improve the psychological well-being of first responders by providing staff with an outlet from mental, physical, or psychological effects of cumulative and short-term trauma. Dogs are provided to agencies at no charge. The Santa Rosa Fire Foundation generously provided the funding for training of the handlers and all other related costs.

Maverick completed his training with NICST and was placed with Santa Rosa Fire Department’s Behavioral Health Program. “Maverick” was placed on Nov. 20, 2023, and is teamed up with Fire Captain Cori Rickert




Training Status Update: 12/19/23

Maverick is working his way through final testing.




Training Status Update: 9/17/23

Maverick has worked his way up to four decoys. 



Training Status Update: 9/17/23

Maverick has been introduced to the target odor. He’s not sure what to think of the odor yet, but he sure enjoys getting a lot of food for doing it.


Training Status Update: 8/17/23

Maverick has finished his puppy raising in our Paws On A Mission Program and is now if formal training.



Training Status Update: 8/4/23

We welcome Maverick into scent training. He will receive two weeks of foundation nose work learning the food find it game and being imprinted to the target odor.



Training Status Update: 6/11/23

We will be welcoming Maverick into formal training soon. He is maintaining all his foundation skills and task training


Training Status Update: 7/9/22

Welcome Maverick




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