While we are all pulling together during these trying times, we thought it might cheer everyone up with a weekly visit with one of COPE’s amazing future service/facility dogs. Just like humans, each of our dogs has a very unique personality and story. Enjoy!
Meet COPE Service Dogs’ Yorkie
Our newest member of COPE, Yorkie hails from Pacific Assistance Dogs Society in Calgary. Arriving just before the COVID-19 outbreak, Yorkie’s socializing is very different from the norm. Relying on his Foster Family and fellow retired service dog friends Keesha and Marlow, Yorkie seems to be adapting quite well.
Yorkie was given his regal name by a group of members of the York Club in Toronto. Yorkie also just happens to be the name of an English chocolate bar. If this little guy is not sweet enough, he will delight you with his calm and loving nature. Yorkie loves a good romp, long walks and being around people.
Yorkie is busy working on distraction training while out walking. He likes checking out different surfaces such as wooden boat docks, metal benches, open stairs and slippery bridges. Social distancing is not a natural behaviour for a puppy, but Yorkie is getting the hang of watching people from afar.
Hopefully, Yorkie will be attending Canines in the Classroom in September and cannot wait to meet all the students, volunteers and others in the COPE Family.
Yorkie, Keesha and Marlow
“I suffer from social and separation anxiety but I never feel awkward or alone in COPE class – I can actually be myself. That’s why I love COPE. ”
Student Trainer in COPE’s Canine in the Classroom program
Yorkie snapd working hard in the COPE office
Yorkie feeling comfortable with his Foster Dad Dave
Yorkie is so photogenic!
Yorkie, Marlow and Keesha
Movie: Escape from New Yorkie
Place to Visit: Barkingham Palace
Hotel: Royal Yorkie
Your Weekly Smile
Q: What do you get if you cross a gold dog with a telephone?
A: A golden receiver!
This Week’s Indoor Game to Keep Your Dog Happy
LEARNING THE NAMES OF TOYS
According to studies, our dogs have roughly the same intelligence as a 2 year old child, with the capability of learning over 200 words. We can put some of those brains to good use by teaching them the names of their toys. Start with one specific toy and start using a name for it; dogs tend to put a ‘value’ on their toys, and by repeating the name while playing with it they’ll start to pick up on the name you’re using. After practicing with a few different toys you can then set them out and have your dog go get their red ball.
For more info about COPE Service Dogs please visit www.copedogs.org