It has taken about seven months of training to get to this point – Elke’s first official outing as a Service Dog in Training. It doesn’t usually take that long, it’s very individual, but Elke’s training is often hampered by my health. I am simply not able to stand up for long enough to train, and so there are long gaps between sessions. Consistency is key in training, and that is often just not possible.
But still, we made it. It’s not a race, and I don’t care how long it takes. We make progress, little by little, and that’s good enough.
Elke passed her initial assessment, which means she has intermediate obedience skills, she walks calmly on a loose lead (most of the time), she has never shown any sign of aggression, and she is quiet and calm in public.