Dolce, NTD, ITD, ATD. Born 11/2009. He's the inspiration for Ash's training in behavior modification, and the reason she no longer believes in punitive-based ideologies. She's a cross-over trainer, having first tried the correction-based methods; unfortunately, they not only didn't help, but started to make Dolce even more reactive. Dolce's history prior to her adopting him makes him a great example of dogs who needed adequate socialization as a puppy to counteract nervous tendencies, but did not receive it. He has come so far overcoming his fears in Ash's care, but will never get that socialization window back. He is what's called an "at-home service dog," where he helps Ash deal with night terrors and panic attacks.
Terra, BB. Born 2/17/2017. Terra was confiscated by the OC Sheriff when her family in Santa Ana was evicted. Ash adopted her in November of 2019 from the OC Animal Care Shelter. So far, Terra has shown great potential for service dog work now that Dolce is nearing retirement, interest in herding, high prey drive, aptitude for therapy dog work, and extreme intelligence with a natural eager-to-please attitude. The day after she came home, she was a neutral dog for the Behavior Therapy Pack Walk and assisted with the CGC Class. Ash is looking forward to training her in tricks, barn hunt, obedience, and more!
Takoda, NTD, ITD, ATD, BB, BN, BI, BE, BCh. Born 7/7/2017. Takoda is a purebred golden retriever from a breeder in Santa Ana. Ash has rescued or adopted dogs her whole life, but wanted Takoda to be the service dog she takes in public with her. Maya began training for that role, but her track injuries forced Ash to wash her from service work. Takoda loves sports, is an eager and willing partner. He's taught Ash a lot about overcoming sound aversion/sensitivity; and has washed from interior public access work. He's helping with reactivity cases, and goes with Ash on the Behavior Therapy Pack Walks. Ash hopes to compete with him in rally obedience, disc, and musical freestyle. As a psychiatric service dog, he's trained to alert to Ash's nervous habits such as skin picking and stopping breathing, as well as grounding, DPT, and guiding out of a crowd.