We had our regular pet therapy visit this morning. Jackson is certified by Therapy Dog International (TDI) and we go every other week to visit our friends at a local care center. The residents at the center want to help Jackson prepare for the upcoming trial, so today we did the utility scent discrimination exercise (articles) for them. Building confidence and working through distractions is one of Jackson's biggest challenges. He is quite the worrier. The visits and performing exercises at the center have been very helpful for him in building confidence, and the residents enjoy watching him do things. He also does one-on-one visits with residents in their rooms. The exercise went well today. He was worried at first but went to work and retrieved the correct articles both times.
Below are pictures of Jackson working the pile, and then bringing back the correct metal article.