This month CRYSTAL went on a training road trip with Ashley, Lady and Vesper to Vancouver Island to train with Advanced Instructor Rob at his home-based facility. Crystal had a great time checking out Rob’s facility and meeting his string of advanced dogs. She has been working on generalizing her advanced skills to various locations. She has been working on problem solving in more challenging scenarios and practicing her skills with play and praise as the primary reinforcement. She is loving having tug as a reward for all her hard work!

  • Skills being learned: ‘Take it to’, transactions, generalization of retrieve, duration carry of various objects.
  • Recent field trips: Lougheed Mall, Ikea, ferry trip, various field trips on Vancouver Island.
  • Possible behavior challenges: Rare vocalizing at dogs or unseen dogs barking.
  • Potential career path: Service or PTSD Service

Thank you again for all your support of Advanced Dog Crystal!

Submitted by: Apprentice Instructor Ashley Siddals