Thursday, January 29, 2009

a little bit more detail

I talked to Ty's trainer today and I got a few more details about her class, the expectations, schedule, etc.

There are 15 dogs going into this Team Training. The on-site class will consist of the 'regular' skilled companions and service dogs and the off-site class will be the ambulatory skilled companion dogs. The trainers are hoping to place Ty in the off-site class. The individuals in that class are kids with developmental disabilities and autism and a facilitator (usually a parent). In addition to the 'regular' set of commands, these dogs have also learned the "nudge" command. This is used to help focus the kids and break repetitive habits. Both of these classes will graduate together at the graduation/matriculation ceremony on Valentines day. Tony said that the latest they would be calling the PRs would be Friday, but she's pretty sure that she will be able to get a call to us on Thursday around 4pm. This is going to be a long week of waiting!!

4 comments:

Emily, Burgess, and Tahoe said...

That is SO great she might be in this class!! Good luck to her, I can't wait to hear more :) And congrats!!

Kara & Jen II said...

YAYYYYYYYYY TYANNA!!!!!!! She will be following in Jen's footsteps before we know it!!!!!! I AM SOOOOO HAPPY AND EXCITED!!!!! Can you tell? :D YAYYYY for you too, Maddie; you are the one who raised such a wonderful Canine Companions dog. Are you planning on raising again in the future? I'm planning on starting my PR career right after college graduation! :) Hopefully the weather clears up so Mom and I and Jen can be there for you at graduation...only this time, the tears will be joyous ones! :)

The Brax Blog said...

Wow great!!
It is always great to have a dog graduate that you trained!!
Good luck

OSU 98 said...

I am a volunteer in the Central Ohio area taking lunch to the onsite class on Friday, 2/6. If I see her, I will be sure to let you know!!! Congrats - the trainers at the NC Campus are WONDERFUL.