This past weekend a group of puppies in training visited Old Sturbridge Village with trainer Christina Rosetti for some good all around socializing! Socializing is important for these puppies so that when they grow up to be assistance dogs they can encounter any event or situation without fear or hesitation. This enables them to focus on the needs of their partner and continue working despite strange sights and sounds — like a bonfire or live music!
Trainer Christina Rosetti (with golden retriever Rosella) was joined by Rosella’s handler (and photographer) Joe Aurelio, Rich Briggs and golden retriever Buckles, Jenny Smith and yellow lab Princess, Terry McDonald and black lab Major. Also joining them (not pictured) were Dawn Anderson with poodle Laddie and Lee Smith.