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

Friday, December 26, 2014

Videos: Going to College

Austin and I took Bo to a local college campus this morning to get exercise and to practice loose leash walking. This video of boy and pup working together is wonderful and exciting because it demonstrates just how far they have come on their journey. 

What makes their work so awesome is:
  • Bo is walking at Austin's side with a loose letter 'J' shape in the leash. 
  • Bo is making frequent eye contact with Austin, which we call 'checking-in.' 
  • Bo's tail is high and wagging indicating he is content. 
  • Bo is not distracted by the loud equipment or men that they pass by. 
  • When Austin stops walking Bo goes into a sit without being cued and he sits on mark at Austin's left side. 
  • Austin is not talking to or treating Bo with food. 
What you see in this video represents two years of a true commitment to daily training, positive reinforcement, consistency, patience and determination. It's so exciting to watch these two grow up and work together as a team. 

Before we took this video we were exercising and playing with Bo the college green and on the outdoor courts. This is video of the boy and pup playing 'getcha' on one of the tennis courts. 


  1. You two have done a wonderful job training Bo (and yourselves). I have so enjoyed watching this journey over the past 2 years. My son too is a T1D, diagnosed Nov 30, 2012, and your blog was one of the first I found and the one I still follow. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations too! (although having trained dogs I know as you do that the training and reinforcement never ends.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. It's nice to know there are people, like yourself, who enjoy following our journey with Bo. You are so right about the fact that the training never ends. :)