Duffy was "found as a stray" at 9 weeks old and turned over to the shelter I volunteer with. The manager of the shelter knew I was keeping an eye out for a prospective search and rescue (SAR) dog so she let me know when he had this puppy who needed a foster. That next week my SAR team hosted a seminar where I took him to socialize and see if he had what it takes to be a working dog. They all saw potential in him so I adopted him and we are currently training to certify in human remains detection.

Duffy has a lot of toy drive and will do most anything for it. He can be intense but he definitely has a sensitive side. I'm still trying to figure out the perfect training scenarios for him regarding duration, how amped up I should be getting him, and the hierarchy of toys in his view.

He needs a 5 minute down/stay for his SAR certification test which is a skill that definitely goes away if we don't practice. I also need to solidify his trained final response when he finds human remains. I want it to be a lot faster then I have to add a stay with some duration. He is a bit reactive to other dogs on leash and on the other side of the fence. I took him to several puppy and adult obedience classes in the last year and a half and I'm not sure if they helped or hurt his progress. He was never excited about socializing with other dogs but I feel like another approach could have potentially had a better outcome.

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