YAHTZEE is continuing to grow in his skills and retrieve. He is now strong with using his paws for ‘button’ and ‘push’ on campus and is starting to practice using his paws for ‘button’ in public. Yahtzee is having some instances of alert and suspicion barking as well as hesitancy on some stairs. We will be exploring these challenges in the next 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. Yahtzee enjoyed some nice rest and relaxation with sitters over the holiday break and is keen to get working again in the new year!

  • Skills being learned: ‘Open the door’, ‘button’ in public scenarios, ‘behind’, ‘my lap’, ‘up’, retrieve.
  • Recent field trips: Lougheed Mall, 8 Rinks, various additional training field trips.
  • Possible behavior challenges: Alert barking in the home or at some people in public.
  • Potential career path: Service, PTSD or AFD

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

Submitted by: Apprentice Instructor Ashley Siddals