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

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Left of Austin is a Great Place to Be

Bo and Austin leashed-up at an obedience training session.
As I write this post, I sit in bed with Austin on my right listening to his music and Bo nestled between us sound asleep. Bo's head is resting on Austin's stomach and Austin is twirling Bo's ears.  Before Bo came into our hearts and home, Austin's hands would have been busy twirling the strings of one of his favorite Meme blankets. Now, it's Bo's ears that he twirls as he drifts off to sleep. It's a sweet picture of the bond between a boy and his pup. I promise I'll capture a picture (maybe even a video) next time. 

Strengthening Bo's bond to Austin has been a focus of our training this past week. We started Monday by having Austin leash-up with Bo when he got home from school.  It involved Austin wearing Bo's leash around his wrist or ankle and keeping Bo at his left side. Bo played video games with Austin, practiced piano with Austin, checked blood sugars with Austin, ate snacks with Austin and even did homework with him. In return for his obedience, Austin gave Bo treats, rubs, toys and lots of attention. Our goal with this training is for Bo to learn that to the left of Austin is a GREAT place to be. 

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