Hey everyone, I am so sorry that I have not blogged in a few months. We have been very busy with Ara's doctors appointments, her starting school and we had a huge surprise in our lives, I am currently 17wks pregnant.
Training Luke has been going very well and we have had a lot of great opportunities in the last few months. It has also been a bit sporadic due to our hectic schedules right now, that is why owner training can be so hard sometimes. We have had several set backs, retraining, reproofing things because of lack of time to train. Thankfully we are figuring it out and making it work :)
Ara is doing very well in half day school, we are hoping she will be able to do full time in a few months. Luke goes to drop off and pick up with me and is exposed to lots of busy noise, voices, door banging ect. He still hates to see Ara walk away from him and him not be able to go. The school is very willing to have Luke at special occasions now and with Ara once he is fully trained and ready.
Over Halloween we got to meet many people in costumes and do some night time training in crowds. He did so great, no costumes bothered him, he even got to say hi to a warewolf man and other scary costumed people.
In November we had many doctor appointments but not many other outings. Luke was out from work for a few weeks, thankfully it was just a cut on his paw and nothing too bad.
December we got to see Santa and Luke was so excited to see him. I am so thankful for the Santa in Billings who made it such a great experience for Ara and Luke, it is so important that dogs in training have those great experiences as they do have lasting effects. We got to ride in a Christmas cart parade and meet many new people. We are also working hard on team work and Luke working for Ara and taking directions/ques from her. Ara is working on giving commands and when to use them.
That's all for now hopefully will be able to update more regularly. Remember to follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/servicedogforara and Instagram @servicedogforara