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

Monday, January 21, 2013

One and Two

The law requires service dogs to be trained to urinate and defecate on command. For this reason, I chose to mark these acts with two very innocuous words -- one and two. Ever since we brought Bo home we have consistently marked urination with the word one and defecation with the word two. These words, coupled with high verbal and non-verbal praise, have helped us train Bo to "go" on command. I've seen him respond to these commands consistently hundreds of times, yet I'm impressed each time I experience it. I use these commands before I enter any public facility with Bo and each time they work like a charm.


  1. That is amazing! I wish I had known this when we were training our dog. She's not a service dog but how much easier would things have been!

    1. Thanks for your comment and for following our journey to raise Bo. :)