SKAHA II continues to grow in sounds work and has now been introduced to all the sounds she needs to know to qualify as a hearing dog. She is now working on practicing really listening to the sounds and differentiating between them. She is also working on proofing her alert to more scenarios. Skaha continues to practice default ‘leave it’ behaviors but is having some challenges maintaining a ‘leave it’ with trickier set ups and scenarios. She has also started showing the challenge of alert barking at men. We will be exploring these challenges in the coming month to learn more about them. Ashley and her volunteer helpers have also been running all dogs through Ashley’s “obstacle courses” that have the dog practice default ‘leave its’, obedience, skills, walking on different surfaces, proprioception, and strengthening exercises. Skaha enjoyed some nice rest and relaxation with her sitter over the holiday break and is keen to get working again in the new year!

  • Skills being learned: Phone alert, alarm clock alert, smoke alarm alert.
  • Recent field trips: Lougheed Mall, 8 rinks, various additional training field trips.
  • Possible behavior challenges:
  • Potential career path: Hearing or AFD

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

Submitted by: Apprentice Instructor Ashley Siddals