ZEN is such a steady dog! His raiser should be very proud of all the foundational work they have done with Zen; Zen’s loose leash walking and basic obedience are lovely! Zen charms everyone he meets and particularly likes being able to support the people he knows best. Zen has been Margaret’s field trip companion for much of this month and has enjoyed field trips to local schools; he loves kids! When they are not out and about, Margaret is teaching Zen some anxiety interrupters, working on PTSD Service skills to see if that career is in Zen’s future. Zen also got a chance to visit new sitters and was great when interacting with the sitters’ small children!

  • Skills being learned: Sharpening basic obedience and public access skills, anxiety interrupters
  • Recent field trips: Lougheed Mall, Superstore, IKEA, local schools, various training field trips with his advanced trainer and advanced sitters
  • Possible behavior challenges: Sometimes struggles to focus on his handler when he sees people/dogs he knows
  • 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 & Instructor’s Assistant Jessica Sculthorp