The story of a boy living with Type 1 and his family's journey to raise and train a diabetic alert dog.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Good Job Bo!

Today, I decided to try something different and to place a low scent sample on Austin's body without Bo knowing and without giving Bo the command to find the scent. I placed the sample in Austin's sweatshirt pocket and had Austin sit on the floor and wait for Bo to come to him. To our delight, Bo recognized the scent and began sniffing intently and showing excitement. When he narrowed in on the location of the scent in Austin's pocket he began (are you ready?) pawing Austin! The paw swipe is the alert signal I've been using to train Bo on the low scent. We tried this twice and both times Bo recognized the scent, located it and then paw swiped Austin. To reinforce Bo's work, Austin gave him high value treats and praise. Good job Bo!


  1. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So exciting :-)

  2. YAY is right!! That is so awesome Jenn. Incredible. You must be SO proud!!