Cleat got to practice being in the world with a different handler for ten days of this month. This is super important for assistance dogs-in-training, as new people can give them new experiences, and also helps them generalize skills they’ve learned with their raisers to be able to do them for other handlers.

With his sitter, he confidently explored many new surfaces, including docks and ramps with grates.  Cleat confidently approached new environments, taking everything in stride. He also worked on settling around other dogs at work.  It’s funny to think about, but learning how to shut off and sleep when asked for is HARD work for many puppies.  His sitter was very impressed with how quickly he learned the routine of restaurants on the same night.  Cleat quietly settled in under the table until it was time to go.

Submitted By: Katie Brown