Doing nothing is a very important task for a service dog. It's a tough task for a puppy to start to learn. When the handler is at the doctor, in a restaurant or just not working in any other way, it is important that Johnny perfects doing nothing. He won’t be the center of attention in public so he needs to learn lay down and just wait for his services to be needed. Johnny will practice this a lot, not just as a puppy, but throughout his years as a service dog.
Johnny needs to know something called ‘recall’. What that means is that Johnny will be put in a spot, asked to stay while his handler walks away and when he is called by his handler, he needs to go directly to the person, without detour. Its tough when a very young Johnny is sitting next to his room mate, Areo. But training is a journey. Johnny gets better at recall every day.
See the booties on Johnny’s feet? This are to protect his paws from getting burned on the black top or freeze in the winter and some booties protect from sharp objects and rough terrain. Believe it or not, it takes a lot of practice for any dog to have these put on their feet and then to walk in them. The younger that a dog is when they start to wear these, the easier it is for them to adapt. Johnny is doing great with them!
We want to thank Robin Carmack and Twinpath Shepards for donating Johnny to Tails of Hope Foundation for Faithful Friends Service Dog Foundation to train. Without Robin's donation, we wouldn't have the opportunity to train Johnny for a Veteran in need.
Johnny did great at the Ellington Farmers Market. He started the day behind the booth, meeting some great people as well as learning to relax while he’s not in motion.
Johnny worked on basic obedience. Even with a lot of distractions, he sits like a champ!
Johnny also got a chance to walk around the Farmers Market, continue training, heal and catch some sunshine to pose for some pictures.
Until next time!
This is K9 Johnstone aka Johnny and he is Service Dog in Training.