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

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Video: Retrieval Training

As part of Bo's D.A.D training, he is learning to retrieve an object and release it in our hands. This will be important when Bo learns to retrieve Austin's diabetes pack, a juice box and any other item that may be required to help Austin. The object of this training is to teach Bo to pick up an object, bring it to us, and hold on to it until we have it in our hands. We use a PVC pipe to train this behavior. The first step involves Bo putting his mouth on the object and keeping his mouth on it while we remove our hands. When we first started Bo would bite the pipe, nudge the pipe and try to grab it. Within a few sessions he learned the behavior we were seeking from him. Now, as you will see in this video, he is putting the pipe in his mouth and holding it while I remove my hands. The next step in the training process will be to have Bo hold onto the pipe without it resting on my legs. He will need to hold it in his mouth, while I remove my hands. The distance and duration will increase as he learns the behavior.

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