Mason F. Labradoodle’s Final Training, Part 14 (Epilogue)

  Today Mason and I are celebrating our first full month as a working team. We are still getting to know each other but I have earned his trust and loyalty and there is no shortage of that to go around with this dog. I got my second official alert last night, and it...

Mason F. Labradoodle’s Final Training, Part 13

Today is a very exciting yet sad day for me. I am very excited to begin my Journey with Mason F. Labradoodle back in Fort Lauderdale. Although our training had its ups and downs, I would consider it a huge success. I am sad because I love Joan, Leslie, and the rest of...

Mason F. Labradoodle’s Final Training, Part 12

Today is what I would call a successful failure. We have been trying to find a place with loud, live music so we can introduce Mason to that environment. For those of you who know me well, you know that I love music. I go to music festivals, concerts, and sometimes...

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Mason F. Labradoodle’s Final Training, Part 11

Today was a weird day. We have been working so hard that we decided to to take it easy…at least it started that way. I was able to sleep in until 9. We went to the vet to get Mason F.‘s exit exam, stopped at Wawa for coffee then headed to Gap, PA to see my...

Mason F. Labradoodle’s Final Training, Part 10

Today was a special day. We went to the King of Prussia mall. Joan Bussard gave me a list of 10 tasks to complete on my own so we could evaluate the skills we have been practicing. I made a few mistakes but caught myself and corrected them. What made things special...

Mason F. Labradoodle’s Final Training, Part 9

Today was very successful at the Philadelphia Zoo. We worked on refining the skills that we have been working on for the past nine days. The stairs are finally coming together. Although I have been making a few mistakes, Joan and Leslie said that I received a 9 out of...

Mason F. Labradoodle’s Final Training, Part 8

Today was a hot one. We went to Valley Forge Historical Park to work on walking outdoors more inclines, and yes more stairs. Stairs are looking much better today. We walked a couple of miles stopping at the encampment exhibit, the memorial arch then went to...

Mason F. Labradoodle’s Final Training, Part 7

Today was so nice that Joan, Leslie, Heather and I went to back to Longwood Gardens to work on recalls, inclines, and more stairs. We were joined by our friend Lisa. Thankfully it wasn’t as crowded as it was on Mother’s day. Mason had another amazing day....

Mason F. Labradoodle’s Final Training, Part 6

So today was the biggest day so far. We picked up my roommate Heather from Philadelphia airport and headed into Center city. We subway trained Mason who did better that I could have ever expected. We worked on city skills and more maneuvering. Stairs are getting...