The video below demonstrates why I never train gluten or any allergen in powdered form. Small lightweight particles can easily become airborne causing contamination to other training supplies
Willow told us Cheerios were not safe for Celiacs before
Gluten Free Watchdog
Willow practicing some obedience training. There is so much more
that a service dog
needs to know besides detection work. Around 3/4 of the time spent training a service dog is in the area of obedience and manners.
Jess and Harold demonstrate learning to check products for gluten cross contamination with distractions in the public. This is one of the most difficult of tasks. Service dogs must be able to ignore the public and perform the task it was trained on no matter what is going on in the environment.
Piper just turned one and Katie's health has never been better. She has not been glutened or had any broken bones in over 6 months. This is a clip of the first year of training. Piper still has a minimum of 6 more moths working and proofing in public before she will be ready for graduation from the program.