Happy Easter Everyone! 🐣
Yesterday afternoon we welcomed this little ray of sunshine to our home! Say hello to Parker! Parker is an 8 week old male show line Golden Retriever! He will be training to become my multipurpose service dog. Don’t worry, Caspian is not going anywhere! He is my heart dog and I love him to pieces! However, over the past few months he has been showing me that he doesn’t love working as much as he once did and that’s okay. Caspian was not bought with the intention to train him as a SD. I knew there would be a good chance that he wasn’t right for the job and I will not ask him to work if he truly doesn’t love it. Also, I have come to realize that I would benefit more from a larger dog who would eventually be able to perform mobility tasks, due to more than one of my disabilities. This has been months in the making, but I didn’t announce his arrival until now, just incase something suddenly changed. We are so happy that he is finally home! I hope you all love him as much as we do! 💙
18 46521 April, 2019
The best way I could describe Echo is a marshmallow. He is the absolute sweetest puppy. Whenever we train or go on outings, he is super energetic and eager to please. He is very treat motivated! If I have a treat in my hand, he will do anything to earn that treat. Whenever he smells a treat, he will start rolling over and over on the floor hoping that will be enough to earn the treat. If he’s not working, all he wants to do is take naps or play with Octavia, another USVSD SDIT. He loves to nap on his dog bed surrounded by all of his toys. His favorite commands are turn and touch, and his least favorites are down and wait. You can see a glimpse into his energetic personality through his favorite and least favorite commands. We have two kittens at home. He loves to play with them, but they don’t usually like to play back.
7 2761 hour ago
Making sure that our service dogs are comfortable around first responders is very important. In the case of an emergency, we needs our dogs to be comfortable with the sight and sounds of an emergency crew arriving on scene. A first responder might not seem scary to you, but to a dog, this large masked figure, whose sounds and moves strangely, can be absolutely terrifying. This is why gentle, positive association can make all the difference. The dog is slowly introduced to the fireman. The handler and dog walk up to the fireman and spend a few minutes standing at a safe distance giving the dog time to process the scene in front of them. They progressively move closer as the dog becomes more and more acclimated to this new figure. Finally, the fireman reaches out his hand that is filled with treats for the dog. Through lots of praise, yummy treats, and taking their time, this dog’s first impression of a fireman was a purely positive one. Now, this will be the memory the dog calls upon the next time she sees a masked figure and makes her decision on how to proceed.
10 70818 May, 2019
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