Service dog debut
Karma made his first official Service Dog "debut" this weekend. The company I work for sponsored a booth at the local Home and Garden Show and Karma and I manned the booth for a few hours on Saturday. He was PHENOMENAL!!!!! The aisles were shoulder to shoulder and Karma navigated his way through like a pro, blocking and keeping me from falling when people inadvertantly knocked into me. At the booth, he either slept or sat quietly watching everyone. He had never been in that type of environment before, nor around so many people and he behaved as if he had been doing it his entire life. I am sooooo proud of him!!!!!! I took him to the dog park first to let him run off some energy and that probably helped. Afterwards he got to pick out a new treat- positive reward for positive behaviour! Karma is almost 10 months old now and weighs over 80 pounds. I call him a "shetland pony in a dog costume". He is so solid! Still thinks he's a lap puppy so he has to climb on my lap at least once an evening for snuggles. That lasts until my legs go numb or he decides to do something else. I couldn't ask for a better service dog!
"I'm going to get healthy or die trying"