20130827-IMG_3506Our son’s Kinder teacher asked if we could bring Major in to talk to the class about service dogs. Our son now goes to the same school as our daughter, but his class starts 45 minutes later. My wife and Major are always there for drop off and pick up, so we like to make sure all the kids are educated on proper service dog etiquette and educate them on what types of jobs they can do, so we were happy to oblige.  More »

6131077055_5ddf18bbac_b(3)The picture above was taken the very first day we met Major. What an emotional day that was. Exciting, scary, happy, it ran the gamut of emotions. We didn’t get to keep him that day, he was still very much in training, so as we watched him leave, we were also sad. But we knew he was still continuing his training of being a lifesaver for my daughter, and it was only a couple of months later before he was permanently placed with us. More »

6183190876_ba11dcc2bd_bOur family has spent 2 years now with a service dog. I’ve seen a lot, screwed up a lot, and learned a lot over those 2 years. (Major became ours on 10/1/11, there will be a post about that on that date). There are a tremendous amount of things that I had no clue about when we started this journey, so I would like to share some things you may not have thought of either.

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970020_658716634156572_1576177869_nThis week Stella is at a camp for diabetic children, and will be there for 5 days. She comes home Saturday afternoon. She doesn’t take Major or Raven with her. Why not?   More »

8200976371_5017cab6ef_bLet me preface all of this by saying that I am not a dog trainer or a breeder. I’m just a dad that decided that getting a service dog was important for our family. Since then, I have become more and more involved, met a lot of people, and learned a tremendous amount along the way. These are my thoughts on considerations that should be made on the journey towards aquiring a service dog. As always, take what I’ve made here, and salt it to taste. 🙂

Okay, so you’ve officially decided you want to pursue getting a Diabetic Alert Dog for yourself or your family. Now comes some big decisions. Many organizations offer different types/levels of dog. There are puppies for self training, started dogs, and finished dogs. I’m going to discuss these, and the responsibilities required of you for each type here. But first, let’s talk about several of the most common deciding factors families use to determine which type of dog to get. More »

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This past week was a busy one again. We spent a lot of our time working with Astro, getting him all tooled up to go back home today. Yes, taday is his last day with us. We love Astro, and are so proud of all the work he’s done! We plan on following up, and hopefully working a couple of times a month with his family to keep him on target and working well.

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1008761_645493138812255_544248284_oWe have had Astro for 2 weeks today. We have been doing a lot of obedience and scent work with him in an effort to get him back on track. When I first picked him up, I was told that he was not alerting to highs, he was not alerting in the day time, and he didn’t have a set alerting behavior, like a paw to the leg, grab a bringsel, or nose tap. More »

IMG_0159signwebWe went to a rally class last night. We haven’t been in awhile, summer has been busy, and it’s tough to get there on a Wednesday night after work (it’s about 50 miles away). Dorrie (from Luke & Jedi) called me and said she was heading there and offered to pick us up. I jumped at the chance because I wanted to gauge how Astro is doing. I know how he works for me, but is the training transferable? Will he willingly do it for someone else? Will he alert in public? How about some new distractions? So off to rally we went! You say you don’t know what rally is? More »

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