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travelers.compass Hey @ashlie.and.barrett we met a relative of yours at the museum. 6d

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travelers.compass We went to the #Sternberg #Museum today.
Kostyl did really well!
Good heeling, ignoring small children and lots of weird sights and smells.
His rear blocking has also improved exponentially which was a HUGE help.

The only hiccup we had was with this dire wolf. Kostyl decided that this particular exhibit was not a good thing and should be avoided. It took about 5 min to convince him it was an okay thing and that we liked this thing just like we like all the other things. After a bit of work and some yummy treats for not freaking out he decided maybe it was a good thing and we took this celebratory picture.
6d

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travelers.compass Kostyl has been glued to me all day, even ignoring my roommates dog in favor of following me around.
It's rather strange for him to do this off duty but I appreciate it because I feel very...off.

Shout out to @tracewaugh for this lovely photo of us. Miss you girl.
1w
  •   travelers.compass @kk.and.violet Ugh. Is their shipping fast? I'm not going to be ordering from this person again. STILL NOT HERE!! Poor Kostyl is hunkering when I pull out his vest right now because it's too tight. I'm going to have to have him go naked so I don't hurt his training. 1w
  •   kk.and.violet I don't remember to be honest. Why don't you use a banda 1w
  •   kk.and.violet Bandanna. 1w
  •   travelers.compass @kk.and.violet We've never had much luck with bandanas. They slide, no one notices them. Honestly I don't see any benefit to a bandana over working him naked. 1w
  •   kk.and.violet I gonna use them for Violet. So if I need to run in and don't want to mess with her vest. More for her to know( cuz she's a little crazy off duty) than for other people 1w
  •   travelers.compass @kk.and.violet Kostyl runs around fully naked off duty so it's his special work collar that means work more than the vest. He also has a tag holder that doesn't mean work. I totally understand the crazy off duty. We joke that my next prospect will be named Jekyll so all off duty shenanigans can be called Hyde. 1w
  •   kk.and.violet That is great! It's amazing how much calmer and better they are when working. 1w
  •   travelers.compass I honesty plan to work him nearly naked('service dog' collar only) when he's fully trained so that's what we've been going with from day 1. 1w

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travelers.compass #basketcase
A tisket, a tasket.
A shepherd in a basket.

Laundry day?
Kostyl could sure use a good washing after so much playtime in the muddy summer fields.
2w

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travelers.compass Watching the physicists play soccer.
Staying cool thanks to the stuff @roo.the.australian.shepherd sent us which we'll post about later.
2w

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travelers.compass We've got our fetch game down to an exact timing of trajectories and fun.
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Kostyl has been working a lot lately and rocking it. More than his public access training, more than his tasks, more than anything he can do for me, it's most important for me to help him grow by providing nutrition, socialization, and time to just play and explore the world he's still a very new part of.
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Kostyl is first and foremost a puppy. The goal remains for him to be an amazing service dog but everyone needs a break from even the most enjoyable work to just let loose some zoomies, get muddy, and play till you drop in the sweet summer heat.
Hope everyone has a great day that includes a little time to just let go and play.
2w

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alisharenee06 "Hey Rylie....what's a monkey say?" #closeenough #wereworkinonit #ohrylie 2w

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travelers.compass First simulated alert to high anxiety without vocal cue!!

He's FINALLY getting it!
We've worked on this before but he could never quite understand until just now.
My favorite thing here is that I'm the one 'wagging' and he's still being very serious and focused. He LOVES mental challenges and was still trying to figure out exactly why I was so happy. He never celebrates till he understands what he's done that made me happy and I love him so much for that.
2w

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travelers.compass This is what a good portion of today looked like. DPT nearly constantly but also a lot more time out and about than has been possible in the last year.
I'm happy but exhausted and so is Kostyl.
Goodnight Insta.
2w

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travelers.compass I'm so proud of the progress he's made. The progress we've made!
We're really starting to look like a team! ...even when I'm a sleep deprived zombie who can't walk a straight line to save her life.
Maybe after breakfast...

Still more work to be done but we both enjoy the challenges.
2w

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travelers.compass Two hours at the eye doctor and lunch at Red Lobster.

After all the tests I feel an ocular migraine coming on...
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Kostyl's bored out of his wee puppy mind and I'm proud of him for being so good. I do love peoples surprise when they find out his age. It does get a bit annoying when they try to argue that I must be wrong about his birthday because no 7 month old puppy would be so calm. I was there when his furry butt hit the ground and he's only this calm because we're training(even if he doesn't realize it) 24/7.
4w
  •   penny.sdit Don't you just love it when people tell you you're wrong about your dog's age/breed/gender? Someone insisted penny was an Irish setter once and I just didn't know what to say... 4w
  •   travelers.compass @penny.sdit It's always pretty amusing. I think it's sweet sometimes to suggest but when they insist I'm always just left laughing. My favorite is when they are an expert because they have a rescue mutt who's mostly breed x according to the rescue and looks just like your pure breed y... I've gotten a lot of people thinking Kostyl is a full grown Maligator. Nope half size German Shredder. 4w
  •   travelers.compass @penny.sdit you mean she's not?! 4w
  •   kk.and.violet Right?! The dogs are so calm because we put in so much work and effort, and in some cases blood. He is great! Just roll your eyes and walk away. 4w
  •   kk.and.violet @penny.sdit someone said your poodle was a setter? What drugs were they on?! Thats like asking if Violet is a lab, which did happen. 4w
  •   penny.sdit Yeah... To be fair, she was smaller, and had shorter hair, but still. Another popular one was cocker spaniel when she was smaller. She's looking a lot more like a poodle now that she's bigger though @kk.and.violet 4w
  •   happy_tails_happy_trails Does Kostyl alert to the ocular migraines? I don't really know anyone else who gets them. 4w
  •   travelers.compass @happy_tails_happy_trails I'm honestly not comfortable giving a solid yes or no yet. I have noticed him get a little harder to handle(ignoring commands) and more cuddly(which he does whenever he's ignoring a command) just prior to the onset a few times but I'm not sure if that's just coincidence, in my head because I'm already stressed, or him attempting to tell me somethings up and can be shaped. 4w

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travelers.compass Some pace work from earlier too.
4w

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travelers.compass I need opinions. Trying to perfect the loose leash heel. I verbally corrected once but muted video because of background loudness. Is he too far forward?
#dogtraining #advice #trainingtips
4w
  •   travelers.compass @mishkos_paws We use higher quality kibble for treats but I don't treat while walking because he tends to hurry and ends up choking. His focus is almost too good and he'll keep eye contact with me until a release, even if he's about to run into something. Any advice for that? I've tried purposefully running him into things, no dice. 4w
  •   mishkos_paws You would greatly benefit from a prong collar, the prong collar won't do the training but it will help for you to better communicated with him. It's actually a fantasy tool when used properly. But even so your doing a wonderful job. Keep it up! I recommend doing slow pace walk and then fast paced. Do this for a couple of times so he kind of understands what your acting of him. After I would advice that change directions slow and fast change it up all the time to keep him guessing. Your kind of doing a dance like walk 4w
  •   travelers.compass @mishkos_paws Check out our other videos and pictures. We already do both your tips. Haha 4w
  •   travelers.compass @mishkos_paws He's on his prong in this video actually. I just use his fur to cover it so I don't get flack from people who don't understand the tool. We've been using prongs for years with the protection dogs my father trained. 4w
  •   mishkos_paws I noticed that he has tendency to walk ahead of you after he checks in with you, as soon as you feel him just even get a bit ahead of you change direction. In the beginning you might get dizzy but stick to it and you will see a huge difference, do this without distractions first and then start raising the intensity of arousal/distraction level. That's wonderful! So good to know you use a prong collar! Then so be afraid to give a correction. 4w
  •   mishkos_paws A simple pop to the side and not pulling back through. Just to the side. You also want to correct unwanted behavior 4w
  •   mishkos_paws And also to help him what you can do is give him information in the following manner; Just moving your wrist a bit and him feeling a little pressure from the prong collar. It's kinda like saying, he your getting a bit ahead pay attention to me. But your doing amazing! Great job and so much dedication 4w
  •   travelers.compass @mishkos_paws All solid points. That's what I do normally and the main reason besides safety that I have sworn by prongs for years. This video was with NO corrections(save one verbal scoff) for the sake of showing his loose leash/would be off lead heel to ask opinions if I should move him further back(i.e. head-hip instead of shoulder-hip) 4w

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travelers.compass Just a little red(kinda), white, and blue from our day out.
New lavender scented Earth Rated waste bags, two flavors of cow ears(vanilla and blueberry), and some high quality Acana kibble I use as training treats.

We went out to brunch at First Watch in KC with a friend and they were great. Very polite although one kitchen employee did stop to ask whether Kostyl was a Belgian or German Shepherd. Always kinda amazes me when people can't tell his breed immediately.

After that we stopped at our favorite pet store, Treats Unleashed. They're always so helpful and amazed by his growth. I'm impressed they remember us every time!
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Finally we stopped by the post office to ship out our #khaisummerswap gift box! I wonder who it's going to? I did forget to put the card in there so it might be hard to tell who it's from... The box has galaxy ductape holding it together though so if you get that one it was us.
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#neverstopwagging
4w

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travelers.compass Normally I would have Kostyl under my chair but I let him lay between my grandmother and myself. She has dementia and was starting to get worked up so I was having her pet him so she stayed distracted and calm.
Normally I have a very strict no petting policy but in this case I made an exception due to circumstances and the individual. So far Kostyl has shown no attention seeking drawbacks.

We attended the funeral for my great aunt, went out for dinner with the family afterwards, and then went to 4 stores looking for a pair of sandals I actually like. I'm ashamed to say the only pair I liked were made by the brand Crocs... *shudder*

Kostyl did wonderfully. He was a bit worn out by the end of it but so was I. Even then the only problems we had were him throwing his butt out perpendicular and looking up at me instead of sitting next to my feet and him breaking stays to position himself in a heel before I gave the cue. Pretty sure that was a "Let's leave mom..."
4w

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travelers.compass Kostyl has been vet cleared to get back to work in public after his minor injury last week(torn nail)!!
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During this morning's training session I asked him to go his kennel, set down his breakfast directly in front of him, walked to the opposite side of the room and said 'help'(one of his service dog task commands). This boy passed up his fresh breakfast to shoot out of the kennel and go into service dog mode.

Also check out the size of his new raptor cage... I mean laser dog kennel.
1mon

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beastmodedaniee Flex them *muscles* !!! We are stronger when united (and when wearing our Grrrr-faces)! Let me see yours!! Tag me in your post! @jexjourney #muscles #orlackthereof #wereworkinonit #flexit #flex #showmeyourmuscles #showmeyourgrrface #beastmodesociety #teamnoexcuses #jexjourney #beastmodedaniee 1mon

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suzy7188 My love ️ puppy love #dogmommy #wereworkinonit #camerashy #dogsofig 2mon

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