I’m compiling videos we have taken over the past several weeks to prepare for a Handler Instruction class this weekend. The dogs’ owners are coming to partner with their newly trained Service Dogs. This video is showing Mordecai alerting to a sound by jumping up on his handler.
In the beginning, we teach a dog to perform some sort of response behavior (like jumping up.) Then, after the dog is performing reliably, we swap out the verbal cue for the alarm sound. It takes time and patience, but eventually, the dog learns to perform the response behavior even when distracted by things in the environment.
Truman, my senior Border Collie makes a cameo appearance. We weren’t sure he would still be with us when he got ill a few weeks ago. So, that he’s walking about is truly a miracle.