This video shows how I’m working through vest aversion with Franklyn. About a month ago I noticed Franklyn didn’t like working so I pulled her from Public Access for a few weeks. In another post I’ll go into more detail about how I’ve gotten her over that, but part of it was caused by her dislike of vests. When I first put a vest on her as a puppy she showed more discomfort than most - attempting to attack it and rip it off her body, in classic Franklyn fashion. But I worked with her, gave her treats and she got over it...for a while. She then reacted to it again, ducking her head when I tried to put it on, or even stepping away from me. Her tail also stands up stiff and she doesn’t move until she shakes off, then she’s perfectly normal again. This is not the end of the world, but not something I like either. I began giving her more treats when the vest went on, but to no avail - she still hated it. So now I’m switching over to using her toy drive. We play tug when the vest is on, when the vest comes off the game stops. She has control over putting it on or taking it off, but the game stops when she takes it off. During the game I pull on the vest, rub her back, etc. while tugging and growling and making it as fun as possible for her! The goal is to change her mindset and associate the vest and the feeling of the vest, with fun and excitement! The first clip is from the beginning of the training session, the second shows her at the end - when she knows the game and is less hesitant. We ask a lot of Service Dogs but try to make every part their job enjoyable to prevent them from failing out of training. While a slight vest aversion may not cause Franklyn to fail, it could escalate so that she could begin to not like any of her job because she is uncomfortable in the vest, and that would be a reason for her to not be able to be a Service Dog. So for now, we will focus on lots of tugging in the vest so that she can continue working to become someone’s Diabetic Alert Dog!