The Adventures of Alaric Part 3
By Michele Forto
If you’ve been following The Adventures of Alaric then you know that Alaric is working to become a psychiatric service dog. He is completing a 12 week board and train at Denver Dog Works called Camp Works 3; where he is being trained in advanced obedience, Canine Good Citizen, and beginning public access training. Alaric visits his handler weekly to build trust and bond with his handler as well as to give her the support she needs.
This week Alaric was due for his visit that ended up shorter than we’d like. His handler wasn’t feeling well. Alaric and I showed up and she was nowhere to be seen. I came in and unleashed Alaric who immediately went to the kitchen to grab a quick sip of water, then returned to me with a bit of a whine. He seemed upset as I spoke with the handler’s roommate. I asked Alaric to find her by saying her name. I simply said “find _____” (he has not been trained to do this and they’ve only been meeting each other for 3 weeks) He went directly to her bedroom door and gave a light scratch on the door and a little whine. Once she appeared he became elated with excitement. It was a happy reunion.
We then worked a bit with Alaric on stays while she went out of his sight and repeated this behavior of hide and seek. Alaric is looking less and less at me for reassurance and guidance and keeping his watchful eye on his handler. The bond is being built and getting stronger and stronger. His handler is commanding Alaric who without hesitation performs his commands.
Also this week Alaric was taken to the grocery store, where he pulled too much. He was taken to lunch with me yesterday before his visit with his handler where he performed well and remained under the table.