Every Dog Has Its Day- Part 7

Every Dog Has Its Day- Toby the Service Dog

“Every dog has its day dog, when the big dog throws him a bone. One moment in the sunshine, when your ducks line up in a row.” – Toby Keith –

Since Toby has been home he has been participating in private training classes as well as Canine Good Citizen group classes.  Toby is working with his handler, Shauna and has been taken on many field trips.

Shauna took Toby to the mountains where he behaved like a 6 month old puppy but remembered he did need to perform his commands and do his job.   She has taken him on short trips to the grocery store and other shopping excursions.  There are times when he is less well behaved than others.  This is too be expected due to his age.

Toby technically is practicing and learning to be a great psychiatric service dog.  He is performing his job far beyond other dogs his age.  Toby already grasps and understands his purpose – and is teaching his handler how he communicates and recognizes her highs and lows and is alerting her to those situations and she is beginning to recognize that sometimes when she has thought Toby was misbehaving he was really trying to distract her from her own thoughts.

Toby will be doing his last private class for sometime as we are advancing him to public access training.

Stayed tune for more about Toby and thank you for your continued loyalty following his story.


Michele Forto is the Denver Dog Training Examiner, the owner of Denver Dog Works and the co-host of the Dog Doctor Radio Show.

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