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

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Bo Goes to the Library

We had a great public access training session with Bo at our local library on Saturday. Austin handled Bo and they both did some really nice work. We started with a down stay in the library foyer and once Bo was acclimated to the setting, we moved into the library lobby. There Austin and I sat on a bench and Bo was in a down stay at our feet. There were a few distractions and Bo stayed focused on Austin. I suggested Austin take Bo to the water fountain and on his way entered a small child who provided a big distraction to Bo. Austin treated Bo generously for staying focused and in his down stay. We then moved into the children's library and the librarian was super nice and supportive of the work Bo and Austin were doing. She was patient as Austin put Bo in a sit stay to ask her a question. Our visit lasted about 20 minutes and we all left feeling very positive about the session. 

We continue to do multiple low scent training sessions a day with Bo.  Usually they fall in the early morning at the 2 am blood sugar check, in the morning at 6:30 am and in the evening at 7 pm.  Friday through Sunday they happen more frequently because we are not at work. The sessions are short in duration and involve high value treats.

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea to bring him to the library! I am not surprised that he and Austin did so well :-)