Friday, May 19, 2017


Musketeer's Report Card for May 18, 2017



This week Musketeer has continued to practice walking loosely on a leash, the commands of sit, watch me, take it, come and let's go. He has been learning the "leave it" command in which the dog learns that the item the handler has said to "leave it" can not be touched, tasted or smelled. Musketeer has begun learning the "down" command this week, how to appropriately "say hello" to people and other dogs when the handler has given him permission to do so, appropriate behavior while being pet by a stranger, the "heel" command, heeling next to a shopping cart and the "load up" and "wait" commands in a vehicle. His training locations this week have included the trainer's house, local neighborhood, the park, Ross and Petsmart. Next week Musketeer will be combining commands in order to build reliability and differentiate between commands. He will do this by performing drills that will have him leave items told to "leave it," eat treats told to "take it," while loose leash walking and auto sitting sporadically throughout the drill. Next week, Musketeer will be introduced to the commands of "drop it" and "stay" in a sit and down position, and how to heel off leash.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Musketeer Received The Gift I Sent!

I had embroidered Musketeer's name and an Old English "M" with a Fleur de Lis onto a bandanna as a gift to Musketeer Puppy.  I sent it to Diabetic Alert Dogs of America and they sent it on to the folks who are currently training Musketeer.  They were kind enough to take some lovely photos of Musketeer with his new bandanna:




I'm thinking I should get some plain royal blue bandannas and embroider on them with silver thread, to help make them stand out more.  

What do you think?  Is he a handsome puppy?

Sunday, May 14, 2017


YOU CAN HELP
GET MUSKETEER HOME!


Fund Raising!
EVERY amount donated brings us closer!  We know funds are tight for many people, so we're offering the
THREE MUSKETEER CHALLENGE!
Challenging you to donate $3.00
(or the amount you wish to donate)
Then for you to challenge only three others
to do the same!

MANY WAYS TO DO THE CHALLENGE:

1.)  DIRECTLY TO D.A.D.A.
  1. Go to the Diabetic Alert Dogs of America website HERE.
  2. CLICK on "PAYMENTS" at the bottom of the page, 2nd from the right in the blue section.
  3. CLICK on "BUY NOW".
  4. TYPE IN MUSKETEER PUPPY in the "DESCRIPTION".  WITHOUT TYPING IN "MUSKETEER PUPPY", DONATIONS WILL GET LOST!
  5. TYPE IN $3.00 (or amount you wish to donate) in the "PRICE PER ITEM".
  6. CLICK "CONTINUE".
  7. CLICK "LOG IN" for Pay Pal or CLICK "PAY WITH DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD".
  8. Continue onto the secure payment page.
2.)  Real Life Wells Fargo Bank
Donate to Musketeer the Diabetic Alert Dog at any Wells Fargo Bank.

3.)  Second Life
Donate at any Musketeer Donation spot (Marie's store).  750 L approx. equals $3.00 USD


If you have questions...
If you want to find out more, you are welcome to call D.A.D.A. (Diabetic Alert Dogs of America) by using the phone number on their website.
~OR~
Ask XMarieX Fairport in SL!

Thank you
for your
prayers,
encouragement,
emotional support,
telling others,
financial assistance,
and for being
so
AMAZING!!!
YOU are appreciated!

Friday, May 12, 2017


~Musketeer's 3rd Report Card~



(Actual "Report Card" for this week.)
This week Musketeer has continued to get used to being handled (important for grooming, vet visits, random petting by strangers), walking loosely on a leash, and has continued to practice the commands of "sit" and "watch me." He has begun to learn the "take it" command, how to auto sit when the handler stops, the phrase "Let's go" which tells him that we are about to begin walking, how to get on a dog bed upon command, and how to enter his kennel upon command. He has also been getting used to walking next to an electric wheel chair. Musketeer has been practicing sitting and waiting politely before being allowed to eat his food. This is practicing the very hard skill of patience. His training locations this week have been the trainer's house, Walmart, Petco, Target, Tractor Supply Company, a local neighborhood and the park. 

During his training program you will see the same commands continued to be practiced in various locations. This is important because dogs do not generalize like humans do and therefore must be taught to generalize. Once they have generalized a large quantity of behaviors in many different scenarios and locations, they will begin to do it on their own, especially if the behaviors are similar. Not only will they continue to reinforce the commands they are learning, but they will be learning a skill that will allow them to take what they have learned and be comfortable and confident in doing it wherever they go. Next week, Musketeer will be introduced to the "leave it" command, begin to socialize with new people, will learn how to appropriately "say hello" to people and other dogs, the appropriate behavior while being pet and will be introduced to the down command.


I am thrilled that Diabetic Alert Dogs of America take the time to not only tell me what Musketeer is learning, but also letting me know the why, where, and how of it all. As Musketeer is learning all of these different commands, I'm trying to learn them, where I'd need them and what will be the result when giving these commands. Being consistent is extremely important and I'm THRILLED to be kept up to date with everything!


THANK YOU
for
checking in on
Musketeer Puppy!





Slight Oooops...
D.A.D.A. (Diabetic Alert Dogs of America) made a slight oops with Musketeer's age.  They had gotten in five dogs all at about the same time and had originally told me Musketeer was seven months old.  That is the age of another dog.  Musketeer is 14 months old, so has a lot more maturity to him, thus is doing a lot better.  His birth date is February 26, 2016.  

At first I was feeling like I was going to miss out on seven months of his life, but I was assured that Musketeer is so perfect for me, he and I are going to make the perfect team for years to come.  

(I just wanted to get that info in here because this was a step of the journey that we're taking.)


Thursday, May 11, 2017


Musketeer continues to Learn!

Musketeer Puppy is learning more basic commands at this point of his training to become my service dog.  He's very loving and eager to learn.  He focuses well on his trainer.

Musketeer is currently working on "Auto Sit", where he goes to a sit position every time the handler stops moving.  When he is in the process of learning something, he's given a lot of treats.  Treats are gradually reduced and replaced with praise, then it becomes habit.  A treat can be offered as a reminder of "We really appreciate this action, just letting you know!".  

More photos & videos have been added!
You can see more photos and videos of Musketeer Puppy HERE.  Newer photos and videos are added to the bottom of the page.  There will be a week to ten day absence of photos and videos after his neutering.  I was told most future handlers don't like to see their future dogs wearing a cone and being "out of action".  Musketeer will need to rest and that's understandable.

We will be doing a VIDEO CHAT with Musketeer in two to three weeks!  It will give us a chance to get more connected with Musketeer.  I'm not sure if it does anything for him, but it will be wonderful for us!

The bandanna I made for Musketeer has been sent to his current trainer and it has been received by them.  I was told we can look forward to photos of Musketeer with the bandanna soon-ish.


Fund Raising!
EVERY amount donated brings us closer!  We know funds are tight for many people, so we're offering the
THREE MUSKETEER CHALLENGE!
Challenging you to donate $3.00
Then for you to challenge only three others
to do the same!

MANY WAYS TO DO THE CHALLENGE:

1.)  DIRECTLY TO D.A.D.A.
  1. Go to the Diabetic Alert Dogs of America website HERE.
  2. CLICK on "PAYMENTS" at the bottom of the page, 2nd from the right in the blue section.
  3. CLICK on "BUY NOW".
  4. TYPE IN MUSKETEER PUPPY in the "DESCRIPTION".  WITHOUT TYPING IN "MUSKETEER PUPPY", DONATIONS WILL GET LOST!
  5. TYPE IN $3.00 (or amount you wish to donate) in the "PRICE PER ITEM".
  6. CLICK "CONTINUE".
  7. CLICK "LOG IN" for Pay Pal or CLICK "PAY WITH DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD".
  8. Continue onto the secure payment page.
2.)  Real Life Wells Fargo Bank
Donate to Musketeer the Diabetic Alert Dog at any Wells Fargo Bank.

3.)  Second Life
Donate at any Musketeer Donation spot (Marie's store).  750 L approx. equals $3.00 USD


If you have questions...
If you want to find out more, you are welcome to call D.A.D.A. (Diabetic Alert Dogs of America) by using the phone number on their website.
~OR~
Ask XMarieX Fairport in SL!

Thank you
for your
prayers,
encouragement,
emotional support,
financial assistance,
and for being
so
AMAZING!!!
YOU are appreciated!

Sunday, May 7, 2017


Musketeer's 2nd Report Card


Musketeer has had his first full week of training through Diabetic Alert Dogs of America (find out more about them HERE).  He has learned "Yes", "eh eh" (No), "Stay", "Heel", "Sit" and "Down" (lay down) and is learning "handling" (being touched in different places so grooming, vet visits and the uninvited touch from others will be accepted calmly.  This coming week, he'll be working on perfecting his Sit and Down and starting to learn "Auto Sit", meaning any time the handler stops, he will sit.  He'll also work on "Watch me". 

D.A.D.A. (Diabetic Alert Dogs of America) usually doesn't start working on public access so early in the program, but his trainers were confident with it, so Musketeer went to Wal-Mart and did a fantastic job!  (The photo above was taken on that outing).

Three Musketeer Challenge

MANY WAYS TO DO THE CHALLENGE:

1.)  DIRECTLY TO D.A.D.A.
  1. Go to the Diabetic Alert Dogs of America website HERE.
  2. CLICK on "PAYMENTS" at the bottom of the page, 2nd from the right in the blue section.
  3. CLICK on "BUY NOW".
  4. TYPE IN MUSKETEER PUPPY in the "DESCRIPTION".  WITHOUT TYPING IN "MUSKETEER PUPPY", DONATIONS WILL GET LOST!
  5. TYPE IN $3.00 (or amount you wish to donate) in the "PRICE PER ITEM".
  6. CLICK "CONTINUE".
  7. CLICK "LOG IN" or CLICK "PAY WITH DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD".
  8. Continue onto the secure payment page.
2.)  Real Life Wells Fargo Bank
Donate to Musketeer the Diabetic Alert Dog at any Wells Fargo Bank.

3.)  Second Life
Donate at any Musketeer Donation spot (Marie's store).  750 L approx. equals $3.00 USD

Challenging you to donate $3.00
Then to challenge only three others
to do the same!

THANKS!