Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Service Dog Pup "Spy Girl"

This is Spy-girl! She is an 8 week old Golden-doodle, also from Ayers Pampered Pets.  She will be a seizure companion dog for a little boy in New York, Jared.  She is making new friends, learning her new routine, working on her socializing with many new things & of course....potty training.  Stay tuned for more on Spy-girl's story!

Spy-girl's new friend Piper :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Gibbs: The Service Dog Pup!

 This little guy is Gibbs.  He is a 15 week old Golden-doodle puppy provided by AYERS PAMPERED PETS.  He will be a disability service companion for a little boy named Jacob.  He will help Jacob to stabilize himself as well as bring things to him as needed along with a few other choice tasks to help Jacob through his day to day activities.  Stay tuned as the story of Gibb's training unfolds!

Meet Jasper!

This is Jasper!  He is a new trainee that will be here for the next 3 weeks completing my Advanced Obedience  program.  He is a super exuberant guy with a lot to say about things :o)  Stay tuned to Jasper's progress reports & stories about his time with new friends!

Newcomer - - - - - - Sophie

This sweet girl is Sophie!  She is a Shar-Pei/Labrador mix.  She has been here for my Intermediate Obedience program as well as working on her social skills with people.  She has been here for a week & started off with a band & was doing great but towards the end of the week she put the brakes on & decided that is was time to start the stubbornness.  She has successfully completed heeling nicely on my left side & sitting when we stop, her sit stays, come, place & sit in motion command.  She is still not consistently doing her down commands which can be common given it's a submissive position to put her into.  She is loving playing with her new friends and has done super  meeting new people on our daily outtings!  We should have started moving into her off leash work but we will be putting that off a few more days to work her through this little bit of stubbornness.

Sophie & her new friend Delilah

 Sophie in her sit-stay
 Sophie falling asleep in her down-stay

Update On The Fonz

Mr. Fonzi is coming along slowly but surely.  He is now socializing with everyone, cats, dogs, people alike like a perfect gentleman.  He has learned all his obedience commands & is not staring to perform these commands off the leash around moderately heavy distractions.  He is doing well with this but has hit a bit of a "if I don't look at you I don't have to listen to you" sort of attitude.....he sees much more fun things to pay attention to now.  So we are working through that as well as advancing his off leash control, after we've addressed that issue.  He is making friends & has been such a sweet love.  I will be happy for his family to see Fonzi's progress!!

 Napping after our afternoon lesson :~)
 *wink *wink

Thursday, February 3, 2011

~~ School's Back In ~~

I have a few new trainees I'd like you to meet......

Meet the Fonz!
This is Fonzi.  He is a 4 year old Pitt Mix that is here for the Advanced Obedience & behavior modification.  He has some dog aggression & being a brat issues towards people that he needs to work through as well as establishing his foundation of obedience.  He has almost completed one week of his three+ week course & he is doing very well.  He's not as ferocious as he would like for his family to think.  In fact he is a little bit of a chicken.  He is very smart & has learned almost all the scheduled commands for his first week of training, including: heel with an auto-sit when we stop, sit(stays), down from the side & down(stays), come with an auto-sit, place & his release command.  He has supervised on leash time with my gang & has done excellent.  He doesn't have much interest in trying to play, he is constantly seeking praise & confirmation he's a good boy.  Here is a little bit of Fonzi's work this week!
His sit(stay)

 His down(stay)
Meet Bo Jackson!
This cutie pie is Bo Jackson.  He is an 8 month old Labrador-Mix.  He is a super excitable guy that is here to complete the Intermediate Obedience.  He is doing very well as learning the commands and has completed almost all of his commands for week one of training - Heel with an auto-sit when we stop, sit(stays), down from the side & down(stays), come with an auto-sit while on a leash & he's had one lesson on the place command.  He is doing very well with the lour of the other dogs around, as well as the cats.  He is still thinking that all people are for him so we are spending more time working him through that.   Bo is making lots of new friends & enjoying his playtimes!  Here is a little bit of Bo's work for this past week!
Bo's sit(stay)
 Learning that just because the door is open it's not an open invitation to take off
 Good boy!