DOB: 4/17/20
Breed: Labrador Retriever
Career-Changed from: Guide Dogs for the Blind
Training Phase: A
Scent Training Phase: 0
Learn about our training phases and scent training phases.

Fun Facts:

Santiago is a mellow boy; though he loves a good game of tug and settling down for a nap with a person.

Santiago’s Journey

Active Training

Placement with Client

Ready for Graduation

Working Life-Saver

Santiago’s Updates

Training Status Update:9/1/22

This team is so excited to graduate….. stay tuned







Training Status Update: 8/3/22

This team has met graduation requirements….







Training Status Update: 6/14/22

Santiago is enjoying a little vacation time……



Training Status Update: 5/31/22

Congratulations Team Santiago

Santiago was placed with Allen, fostered by Lauren Sinz




Training Status Update: 5/9/22

Santiago has entered into the pre-testing phase. He needs to show he can independently alert without feedback from the trainer. We are also adding the phrase “Let’s check”, which lets the dog know that we need to verify their alert before they can be rewarded.











Training Status Update: 4/21/22

Santiago is on four decoys and working towards pre-testing. check out the video






Training Status Update: 3/21/22

Starting to work with Santiago on finding the target odor on a person in all different scenarios. Today we worked outside for the first time, first on the curb then at the bench. One thing we really work on before making the game too hard is persistent behavior at the target odor–making sure that the dog completely understands what they’re supposed to be doing, and to continue to alert when they notice the odor until it goes away.

Training Status Update: 3/13/22

Santiago has begun to discriminate between the target odor and a decoy (non-diabetic odor). He’s a rockstar!




Training Status Update: 2/19/22

Santiago is working through his imprinting runs on scent recognition, nose placement, and duration at the scent.






Training Status Update: 2/6/22

Santiago has been introduced to the target odor. This guy has a tail that doesn’t quit, and loves running into the scent training room to work.











Training Status Update: 12/19/21

Santiago’s foster thinks this guy is fabulous. He does everything so well and he just has a happy-go-lucky personality. He is currently working on food find-it and learning to engage with his handler.




Training Status Update: 11/19/21

Welcome Santiago

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