Fiona has moved on with her job in life. Today she is going to the state prison to be finish up her training.
I have to say that I have really enjoyed puppy raising her and am afraid I'm going to be disappointed with all the future dogs I puppy raise. She is bossy, high drive, and loves to work. She is athletically built and has all the makings to be a great sports dog. I even taught her an awesome 2o2o on the aframe and dogwalk, although she hasn't done the full obstacle yet!
One of the reasons she is going to prison is so she can continue diabetic alert training. She is doing fantastic with the start I have given her, but now she is ready for the next stage of doing more random "real life" low scents rather than in the context of a training session. With my schedule I am unable to work on that in the home and prison life can easily provide that next step of training for her.
The next stage for Fiona is not a guarantee that she will make it through the program. Fiona still has to pass her xrays and CERF tests, as well as behavioral. While her behavioral issues of being a submissive wuss has continued to improve and there are no longer any episodes of self doubt occurring at home, the issue still lurks. Currently, Fiona will only cower if she has to go to the bathroom. At those times, any command given other than walking nicely and waiting at a door has the potential to cause her to flatten herself and then pee if pushed. The issue is non existent if I simply potty her before any training session or just keep an eye on the clock.
I was organizing her videos and came across this one from January when she was 9 months. What a nut!