We welcomed ZEN into the Burnaby advanced training crew this month! Zen has been spending his time getting to know his trainer Margaret and spending lots of time with Margaret or an experienced advanced sitter, building on the lovely foundations he learned in Puppy Raising. Zen’s personality certainly fits his name. He has a very calm and steady presence, which is a good trait for an assistance dog candidate. Thank you to Team Zen and all the volunteers, staff and sponsors who helped Zen get to this point in her training. We are very excited to see what the future holds for Zen!

  • Skills being learned: Working with new handlers, building on foundations learned in Puppy Raising, basic obedience in spaces with various levels of distraction
  • Recent field trips: Save on Foods, Lougheed Mall, The Bay, Walmart
  • Possible behavior challenges: Nothing currently presenting
  • Advanced training location: Burnaby
  • Potential career path: Assistance Dog

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

Submitted by: Training Program Manager Margaret Hicks