Logan is a service dog in training who stayed with me for two months in 2016 to work on his training. He’s a yellow Labrador retriever who is just a little over a year old, and he’s a happy, friendly pup who just adores people.
Logan belongs to a group called Patriot Paws. Patriot Paws is a non-profit organization located near Dallas, Texas that trains service dogs for veterans. The dogs are trained to help veterans who have disabilities and PTSD.
Patriot Paws is partnering with ORCA, a student organization at the University of North Texas and a graduate research group within UNT’s behavior analysis department. The ORCA students will be helping raise and train service dogs for Patriot Paws. I was involved in ORCA while I was working on my master’s degree and have stayed involved, now that I teach some classes at UNT as an adjunct professor. Logan is ORCA’s first service dog in training, and we hope the first of many!
Logan has had quite a bit of training already. However, in order to be a great service dog, he still needs even more training. While Logan does great listening to cues at home or in a very calm environment, he often gets distracted and unfocused in a busy setting, especially if there are lots of people around or if there are other dogs nearby. We are helping Logan learn to be calm, relaxed, and 100% focused, no matter where he is.
I hope you’ll bookmark this page and follow our training adventures!
Blog posts about Logan, the service dog in training
July 1: Introducing Logan
July 6: Can I have your attention?
July 20: Logan goes to school
August 9: Elevators and stairs, oh my!
August 17: Logan goes to lunch
August 24: Logan goes to Party City
September 7: Handsome Logan
Nov 22: Logan’s graduation
For more updates, follow Logan and me on our Instagram page.