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An Update on Chip

I received a new Leader Dog named Chip on January 14, 2014. He is a yellow lab, weighs 60 pounds, and is full of energy to work!

At first, Chip was hesitant as all new dogs are. They do not have a reason to work for the new handler. The dogs are changing caregivers/handlers again, so they do not know if they will be passed off again. They start off with the mother, then sent to Leader Dog, then to the puppy raiser, then back to Leader Dog, then to the trainer who shows them the ropes, then finally to us. That is six changes in under two years. Think of it as a kid moving six times before he reaches 14 years old. I do not have to tell you what goes on in a fourteen year old’s body!

Anyway, back to how Chip is doing with me. As each day goes by and as we gain experience as a team, his confidence as a Leader Dog boils over! My instructor says Chip has the most confidence she has seen in her seven years here at Leader Dogs! She also says my ability as a handler is outstanding. Couple those two together and you get one hell of a good team that will grow closer quicker!

Chip has done very well with obsticles, crowds, curbs, finding objects, and anything else I’ve wanted him to do.

He still is excited to see Sue and the other instructors here, but I believe that will not be an issue once we leave campus.

Since I worked with Chip, I’ve only gone on my own with him a couple times. He is focused on his work. He is also focused on his good looks, as he likes to catch his reflection in the windows we pass.

The weather has been cold here, but I love it! I especially love the snow! We have not been able to do our normal training with temps in the single digits for the highs, and Chip is anxious to work! He would not be happy with an 8 to 5 job where he is stuck under a desk. He loves to go, go, go! Now, if I can find a job like that! LOL!

Tomorrow, Chip gets his checkup from the vet. If there are no unforseen problems, we are home free a week from Friday and we can start tearing up the town!

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  1. Amanda says

    There are so many sarcastic, smartass comments I could make here, but I won’t. I can’t wait to meet the puppies. I think Chip being interested in his looks is hilarious. You’ll have to get him a mirror.

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