BENTLEY WILL NOT BE DOING ANY REITREMENT HOMES FOR A BIT.
EXCITEMENT OF THE DAY---- IS PANCAKE POOP FROM BENTLEY-
ACTUALLY PRETTY DARN FLAT PANCAKE AT THAT !!
WHATA WAY TO START THE DD... I DO SUSPECT TEH REMAINS OF THE EASTER HAM
OTHERWISE HE SEEMS WELL--
I AM SUPPOSED TO GET SOME PICTURES TOGETHER FOR ADI
THEY WANT PHOTOS OF WORKING DOGS
AND THEY DID SAY AMUSING... BOY CAN WE DO AMUSING
I JUST GOT THIS ONE FROM STACIE
PROVING A WELL BEHAVD DOG IS WELCOME ANYWHERE
You are right! (Bet you don’t get too many emails that start that way). Your concept of not letting a dog bond with a single person before they are matched really does make a big difference in the early stages of partnership. Rizz came home with me a month ago and I have been reflecting on how much further along we are as partners than I was with my last service dog at the one month mark....in fact, Rizz and I are about where Max and I were at the six month mark. Max was trained in the more traditional style of bonding with a single trainer. I remember that for the first couple of months, every time we passed a man in a hat, he whined and tried to go to him (his trainer was a man that wore a ball cap). It took about six months for Max to reliably trust me enough as a partner to be confident with new experiences. On the other hand, with only one month together, Rizz is so bonded with me that she won’t let me go to the bathroom on my own, and she will do anything I ask of her.
I am proud of the progress we have made as a team this month and I am grateful for you using a common sense approach to raising service dogs that has provided me with such a great start to our partnership!
When I was training with Charlotte the phrase I recall is that the trainers like Walmart because “anything can happen at Walmart “. Today Charlotte and I were shopping at our local Walmart when all of a sudden a German shepherd appeared in front of Charlotte checking her out. A few seconds later a guy shows up trying to catch his dog. The shepherd had a service dog vest for PTSD. A lesser trained dog could immediately feel threatened and get aggressive. Not Charlotte. She just stood still and made no reaction other than maybe a lean little closer to me. The guy was very apologetic and away they went. Charlotte looked up at me and waited to go back to our business. It still blows me away how her training changes things dealing with stuff like this.
Thank you again to you and your crew. Amazing, just so much work you all put into the SDs and how they turn out. Thanks much,
Paul and Charlotte