Breed: Labrador retriever
Joined our pack in 2016
Scents: 2, quagga & zebra mussels
Rosebud and her sister, Ismay, are the offspring of a legendary detection dog, so it is no surprise that they started showing talent early. When Rosebud was in puppy class, she was never fooled by the one measly treat the trainer held out in her hand – she followed her nose straight for the mother lode hidden in the trainer’s pocket. Rosebud and Ismay were raised together, which can be a training challenge: littermates often bond with each other instead of with their people, becoming a wild little pack of their own. The two were trained separately until they were a year old, and as a result Rosebud is a motivated worker who loves her sister but eagerly follows the lead of whatever handler she’s paired with.
Rosebud earning her reward as she learns to search boats for invasive mussels.