Kate, who lives in Connecticut, was unable to find an experienced service dog trainer in her area to complete training of her black Lab, Arvis. She traveled to Western Mass., every two weeks with Arvis, to do two days of training lessons with Sharon. Next, they enrolled in At Your Service Dog Training’s Public Access 2 class — training in public locations as a group. Recently, Kate emailed Sharon to update us on Arvis, who has completed his training and is working successfully as a service dog. Here is some of what Kate shared.
Thank you for your positive words and support regarding Arvis completing his service dog training. You gave us a great foundation and always made us feel like we were capable of becoming a successful working team.
Arvis has demonstrated his first task three times now. When I’m sleeping I do not hear the door bell. He came to get me each time and would not stop bumping my arm until I got out of bed. In addition, he has successfully signaled and led me out of stores when I had gone beyond my medical limitations.
Arvis now accompanies me to the swimming pool where he will lay inches from the water for over an hour. Other pool patrons are totally amazed and some request to be next to my lane so that they can be closer to Arvis. Even with this extra attention Arvis never moves one inch. Arvis also has come on several bus trips with me, which have required him to ride on buses, ferries, trains, small commuter vans filled with people, etc. Last, he now accompanies me on tasks of daily living. I can’t even begin to put a number on how many compliments Arvis has received on his exemplary behavior.