From our wonderful trainer in Austin, doing a continuous great job training sweet Lucia, who suffers from PTSD and anxiety, and her soon to be SD, Lily!
I had a another great session with Lucia and Lily on Saturday afternoon! We met at Petsmart again and worked on certain behaviors for the PAT. Lily did awesome in her down/stays and sit/stays as I walked by with a shopping cart! She has this down!
We also worked on Lily heeling down the toy aisle, getting her desensitized to it, and then Lucia wanted to challenge her by leaving a toy while on the ground. At first, Lucia had to keep Lily away from it with a “leave it” command, but after a few rounds of passing by it, she was able to walk over the toy and tell Lily to leave it and Lily did!!!
It was one of the greatest sessions they have had and she did awesome heeling with no leash as well!!!!
I told Lucia I want to do two Mock PAT sessions, and then she can do the official PAT! So just a couple more weeks – but she will finally be an “official” Service Dog by middle of August!!!!!
LUCIA AND LILY – YOUR CONSISTENT DEDICATION TO THIS PROCESS AND YOUR COURAGE AND DETERMINATION TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN HAS TRULY PAID OFF. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION FOR ALL OF US! WONDERFUL WORK BY OUR TRAINER!!!!