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Hi Allie's mom, thanks for the offer. We have a nice, custom made harness and it's perfect for mobility assist. But thanks!
Tanya, that's wonderful. I'm still chicken to take him a lot of places, but I have been taking him to places that I know are dog friendly anyway, and to some hardware stores etc. He's a perfect gentleman, but it's amazing how many people come up and ask me, "what is he trained to do??". They mean well....
Yeah - people always ask "is she for you?" and I answer yes ... but it's invisible disabilities for people like us - I don't go into long explanations - I call it weebles wobble! And laugh!

And you're very welcome - I am trying to clear out stuff - we never used the harness and it's beautiful! Sheepskin and all - I hope someone could use it - so the offer could be for anyone that needs a sturdy leather harness.
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We were at Petsmart on Friday, and I was looking at something about 15 feet from the register (no one was in line). I gave Tito a bag of treats and a $5 bill, putting both in his mouth, and told him to go pay for it. He went over to the register, and waited patiently for the cashier to take both out of his mouth. The girl rang it up, put the treats, change, and receipt in the bag, handed the bag back to Tito, and he brought it to me.
Everyone nearby was dumbfounded. I was amused.



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Way to go Tito!!!

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Thanks for the good thoughts. Jodie, I am exactly the same, I don't want to draw attention to myself in public. Carolina Casey thanks for the compliments from National!!
His harness will take about a month to get here. Then I will see how it goes. The only thing he will need to get used to is that he thinks he can't walk if something is on his body! Although he has gotten used to his neoprene vest for swimming in cold water, and his blaze orange hunting vest, so he should get used to it pretty fast.

From what I've read about your fabulous & impressive boy Tito ~ I'm pretty darn certain this won't be a problem for long. What a blessing to have this boy in your life! Although I am not hugely religious, I do like to believe in some Devine Providence, and in your case it is spelled T-i-t-o.

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Honestly Kimberley, I'm surprised at how much he resists the harness. I mean he truly and totally HATES it. It's a big reason why I'm not taking him too many places (that and I'm chicken) with it on, I'm trying to very, very slowly get him used to it by only taking him places that I know he will LOVE to go to, such as Petsmart.
I should run him in the field with it on, LOL, and let him chase some pheasants. Then he wouldn't even notice it. He wears a "chest protector" (blaze orange) or a neoprene vest in the field, and neither bothers him at all he's so involved in the birds.



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We were at Petsmart on Friday, and I was looking at something about 15 feet from the register (no one was in line). I gave Tito a bag of treats and a $5 bill, putting both in his mouth, and told him to go pay for it. He went over to the register, and waited patiently for the cashier to take both out of his mouth. The girl rang it up, put the treats, change, and receipt in the bag, handed the bag back to Tito, and he brought it to me.
Everyone nearby was dumbfounded. I was amused.
Barb! That's great!! Can you do it again but video it for us? I'd love to see the master (Tito) at work! Give the Tito a big belly rub for me for being such a good boy!
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wonder how Petsmart would feel about me taking a video of it, LOL.
It's really a pretty easy skill to train. He knows "take it" and "hold it", knows neither command is optional. Then it's just a matter of sending him off in the right direction. In Petsmart, that's real easy since the cashiers are always dog friendly, kind people with cookies!



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I see a contract for commercials in Tito's future.


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I see a contract for commercials in Tito's future.
I was thinking if an ad exec at Petsmart saw Tito do this, he/she would probably sign Tito on the spot and we might be seeing this as a Super Bowl commercial!
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Gosh, all of the posts that you write about Tito just amaze me. Is there anything this dog can't do? You are a great team

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