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travelers.compass I ask a lot of him but he's still a puppy and it's okay. He does cute things like this ALL the time.
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#latergram #squeakyclean #blowme
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travelers.compass Post bath and looking oh so very handsome!
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Filed his nails, aloe and oatmeal shampoo and conditioner, blow dry, brush, trimmed his fur, cleaned his ears out, AND used a tiny bit of Desert Night doggy cologne.
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Now if I can just keep him clean until tomorrow when we start our very busy weekend!
#springcleaning #squeakyclean #heartbreaker
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#GermanShepherdDog #GermanShepherd #GSD #GSDpuppy #EnslowGermanShepherds #K9 #dog #puppy #training #outdoor #adventureisoutthere #adventuretherapy #spring #Kostyl #Костыль #wereworkinonit #practicemakespermanent #bathtime
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travelers.compass Happy #tongueoutTuesday!
#latergram from weekend adventures with Kostyl and company.
Kostyl likes to sit on steps the way we do.
#hethinkshespeople

Those shoes are really bright because the brighter the shoes the faster the runner. Which is good because I am not fast but Kostyl needs exercise. Thank goodness I have the best service human a girl could ask for!
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travelers.compass .part 4.
Good morning!
It's #trainingTuesday!

The victor!!
Even after all that struggle it's easy to see that Kostyl loves his job.
Challenge is fun for him and that bodes well for his future as a service dog.
So proud of him for sticking with it even when frustrated. He got lots of praise and rewards and was obviously proud of himself.

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travelers.compass .part 3.
Good morning!
It's #trainingTuesday!!

The struggle continues.
Who will be victorious?!
If only he had thumbs!!
Alas. Cruel fate...

It's important not to repeat a command unless the dog needs additional prompting. That's something I really struggle with as a trainer but am working on. I think I've done okay this morning. #goodhuman
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travelers.compass .part 2.
Good morning!
It's #trainingTuesday!!

The struggle is very real today.
This is exactly why a service dog has to WAN'T to work.
They're on call all the time, even when not actively working. Kostyl was enjoying breakfast when I knocked this cup off the table but he left his food to retrieve it.
Many things a service dog can be asked to do are mentally or physically demanding(though safe).
That's a lot of strain and can easily be dangerous to dog and handler if the dog doesn't want to do what's asked.
Always keep training fun!!
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travelers.compass .part 1.
Good morning!
It's #trainingTuesday!!

So far we've been on a short walk to practice a good heel, went to the doughnut shop for breakfast to practice focus and under, and when I knocked a cup off the counter spent a long time practicing picking up a strange object.

The carrot is for moral support.
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travelers.compass My #MCM is this growing boy.

Gonna be a looker!
#latergram from practicing a #TimberWolf impersonation!!!
#pun
...okay really he was just getting used to the texture of the tree and practicing walking on an awkward surface.
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travelers.compass It's a perfect first full day of spring and Kostyl and I celebrated by doing some serious outdoor training and socializing.

Can you find Kostyl?
Look for his

Kostyl has a solid 'under' but it's great practice for him to try with especially small or unusual places since he'll be such a big dog.
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travelers.compass Today I intend to spend saving my energy. Haha good joke right?
Over the last 7 days I've worked EVERY SINGLE shift at the vet because we've been slammed from spring break, cooked for two birthdays(one being just my friend and I and the other being an 8 person dinner party), keeping up with Kostyl, and had some pretty rough days trying to keep up with my recovery routine. Oh and the washer broke so if I need laundry I have to visit a friend or the laundromat...

Thank goodness for Kostyl. Dogs are amazing without any specific training. When I've had a minor breakdown Kostyl has been all tongue and tail, wiggling around and trying to make me smile.

On the actually trained service dog side, he's been improving on his reliability with responding to task commands. This photo was taken by a friend at the dinner party when I started to panic a bit and asked for 'help'. Sort of a cheap attempt at DPT but a start I can definitely work with. Leaving belly rubs and the potential for food fall out from the other people to respond to my command across the room is pretty impressive for a wee pup.
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travelers.compass We did our first outing to a restaurant yesterday (#sushi ) and Kostyl got the best compliment a service dog can get from the waitress!
She didn't even know he was there!!
He did wiggle a bit between sitting and laying down but he never broke his under and I figure that fidgeting is forgivable since it was his first time and he is only 15 weeks old.
#practicemakespermanent
#wereworkinonit
#INeedATan
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michellehoon How many iPh's is too many iPh's? 2w

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travelers.compass Not bad for a first try!
I don't need this as a task but it's a fun game for him and reinforces targeting.
#latergram from our walk at the beginning of the week. I've had a rough few days because I pushed too hard and had a few massive triggers happen back to back. A friend is taking Kostyl and I out tomorrow for a walk and training. It'll be nice to enjoy the weather and hopefully I bounce back.
2w

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travelers.compass Part 2
...When I was trying to get his treat for retrieving my keys I knocked his pill bottle off the table and this little champ knew exactly what to do!!
3w

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travelers.compass Part 1
Morning practice retrieving objects and returning them to my hand(not the floor). We practiced with my key ring since its oddly shaped and metallic which is a strange texture for him. This round turned into a double win when I knocked his pill bottle off the table... -continued-
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travelers.compass The internet was down this morning which means I couldn't do any homework. 😐
Instead, Kostyl got extra training time! He catches on so fast!!
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I've been meaning to start doing a regular #trainingTuesday update so that's what we'll call this. It's just a bit late this week because life.
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So today's training was actually for a task he'll use frequently. Retrieving objects I can't get to or locate and bringing them too my hand(which is why I made him pick it up again when he dropped it at my feet). The command is "go get the...(In this case bottle)" we also used "pick it up" and "release". Using an EMPTY pill bottle was also good practice for holding an object with strange shape, texture, and scent in his mouth.
4w

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laramz_ Operation nap in crib is about to commence.. Maybe.. Hopefully..Probably not. #wereworkinonit #vsco #vscocam 4w

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