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

Monday, February 3, 2014

Video: Training the 'Chill' Command

I learned about the 'Chill' command through DAD handlers/Type 1 parents I've come to know through Facebook. After reading a recent post by one of the handlers/parents I got inspired. This video demonstrates how I'm training Bo to rest his head on my foot. This video represents my first attempt at training. I still need to do more work before adding the verbal cue and I'll have to work on extending the duration of the behavior. You can find the original post that inspired me on FB at #diabeticalertdogs (It's a post on 2/3/14). 


  1. It was fun to see how he caught on to placing his head onto your foot.

  2. such a practical and helpful behavior. and a great replacement behavior to ground sniffing.
    excellent training.
    curious: what are you using for rewards?

    1. Rachel,

      Thank you for your words of encouragement. I first saw pictures of this behavior on your FB Page and it intrigued me. I look forward to using it!

      I was using baby carrots. They serve as a medium value reward for Bo. IHe had reached his total calories for the day, so I wanted a low calorie reward, as well as something large enough that he could see it in my hand.