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travelers.compass You can pick your friends.
You can pick your nose.
You just can't pick your friends nose...
You(or anyone else) can pick your dogs nose though, and stick your fingers in their mouth without them caring if you train them to not react to being handled in strange ways.

#Imgonnaboopyournose #boop
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travelers.compass Kostyl vs Crinkle Tunnel

It's important to build dogs confidence in fun ways.
While we were playing tug Kostyl backed into the tunnel and got startled. He immediately started shying away from it.
So we made a game out of the rope and tunnel and he conquered his fear!
This makes it easier for him to not only trust me but also himself if something else startles him when we're doing public access.
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travelers.compass This is exactly what I was talking about @theadventuresofflynn . Spoiled service puppy wouldn't eat his breakfast till I made him do tricks and hand fed it to him. So I finally cheated and 'jackpot rewarded' him for DPT.
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crazyoldman_with_dadbod44 #Repost @el_jefe_44 with @repostapp.
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44build Social media team?!.. See if we can get more than 12 likes
#wereworkinonit #highfive #44build
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el_jefe_44 44build Social media team?!..
#wereworkinonit #highfive #44build
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travelers.compass That's not exactly what I meant when I said 'go place' but I guess your not wrong either buddy...

What's the strangest way your dog has interpreted a command?
😐
Feeling slightly better today but still mostly stuck in bed till I have work at 3. Gotta save my energy till then.
To those with #chronicillness that make them feel like this or worse every day you have my unending respect.
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travelers.compass Getting used to the new pop up kennel for our trip to New York.
This reminds me of the beginning of #JurassicPark...
#GermanisaurusShep #dinosaurdog #cleverboy #laserdog
🐊
3w

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travelers.compass #Sundayfunday after work playing some hide and go seek. Great distance training to help with his separation anxiety and also good exercise for his long legs to run around and have some crazy time. It is H O T out!

In other news I may have found someone to help me train him. She's a student at my university but her dad's a professional dog trainer from my original town and she's supposedly had experience with service dogs. Hopefully we get along and I won't be all on my own anymore.
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travelers.compass We're back!! Sorry for the absence. My phone was out of commission.

Kostyl and I spent the weekend in Kansas City but didn't go out anywhere really. I did try basil-lime flavored sorbet. It's definitely a new favorite. In case you haven't noticed food is the way to my heart.

Kostyl got some new treats too. They're Zuke's mini natural. I hoped to use them as training treats but he doesn't seem to love them enough and they get stuck on his teeth really bad...
Oh well. On to the next try!

In other news Kostyl and I will be driving from Kansas to upstate N.Y. in just 10 days to visit some friends for their graduation!
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Have you ever taken a cross country trip with your dog(service or otherwise)? I'm no stranger to travel but this will be my first big trip with a dog this young and a SDiT to boot. He does great in the car on our trips across the state(4+ hours) but advice is always welcome!
Also if your a handler in N.Y. or have ever been there I'd love to hear any other tips for while we're there. Even maybe set up a meet up if your near Rochester?
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4w ebhorse
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ebhorse show of hands........who wants another ELECTRIC BLACK HORSE album/video/show? Merx and Michael obviously do! 2 is a good start!!!! #ebhorse #electricblackhorse #sexyrockandroll #sexyguitars #realmenwearglitter #gibsonguitars #gibsonlespaulcustom #wereworkinonit #wellbeback 4w

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travelers.compass He's going to be a HUGE dog so I'm always having him practice fitting into really small areas. Sometimes that means tucking his feet and tail. Sometimes that means just crawling under a low bar stool. It's been a very long and eventful weekend for us but I'll update more soon. 1mon

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travelers.compass Sometimes I forget how he looks at me because with him around I'm able to see the world again. #puppylove #sidewalksmile 1mon

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travelers.compass Was this the best Saturday ever?
Yup!
I got to spend this morning playing with guns while Kostyl got to sleep in. #lazy

Okay if I'm honest I'm actually terrified of fire arms. I just never enjoyed them. I do think they have a very valuable place in the skills one can cultivate to protect ones self and family. So getting the chance to participate in #gunsandgirls is something I really value. There are TONS of super knowledgeable instructors, a staggering variety of guns(Model 19 S&W was my favorite this year), and basically a mound of FREE ammo! #yesplease

After guns and girls I took Kostyl out for some serious puppy play time since he's been such a good boy and had been cooped up all morning. That meant fetch and generic play time outside with the added bonus of a pupcup from the campus #StarBucks because the baristas LOVE him. They don't get to give a lot of pupcups because they're located inside a building on campus with no drive through so not a lot of canine customers come through.

Now he's curled up next to me and I'm enjoying the rain and a nice cup of tea because we're FINALLY getting a nice thunderstorm. I'm always so much happier when it's raining... I really needed this day.
1mon

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travelers.compass This one's from last night and I'm pretty damn impressed.
We went to a local restaurant that's about as close as this tiny town gets to rowdy(excluding the bars). There was a LOT of stimuli.

What does my very much not yet fully trained service doggie do? Keeps a perfect heel(I'd like to thank @theadventuresofflynn and their totally awesome traffic lead for that), offered some natural blocking which I was able to reinforce for use later as a task, and once we were seated he settled immediately and alternated napping and checking in on me!
1mon

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travelers.compass Doing some DPT to help calm me down after I slipped and fell down a flight of stairs on campus... #gonnaleaveamark

Kostyl took my uncoordinated descent like a champ and just sped up to keep pace. When I managed to catch myself he sat down on the step next to me, sniffed to be sure I was okay, and waited for me to assess the damage before I gave the 'go' command and we resumed our originally planned exit.
#goodboy
1mon

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travelers.compass Look at that tongue.

Getting a little work out for Kostyl before we spend all afternoon at the vet and it looks like rain.

Anyone else see that he's got little horns in his fur pattern now?
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2mon

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