Zephyr, Gluten Detection Service Dog, Celiac Service Dog. Zephyr, a red and white Alaskan Klee Kai, is pictured running full speed in a grass field, he is supsended in air mid-stride wtih front legs extended in front of him, and rear legs extended back.


Gluten Detection Service Dog



Zephyr, a standard Alaskan Klee Kai, joined the family in December 2013, and was originally intended to be a performance sports dog, in addition to being a companion for both Christina and Luna. Zephyr is smart, loves clicker training, and being a lapdog when he's not learning new tasks and tricks.


Christina worked with Zephyr on gluten detection after starting with Luna, to have a back-up gluten detection dog. He imprinted on gluten just as quickly as Luna did, so his foundation in NoseWork, which he started at 10-weeks old, proved immensely beneficial.


Although the same breed, Zephyr and Luna have a very different style of working and learning. Zephyr is more expressive in his body language, in particular with olfaction, where he uses his tongue to draw in more odor, presumably to push those odor molecules into the vomeronasal organ through the incisive papilla (a little bump on the roof of the dog's mouth).



Champion - CH - (UKC)


Odor Recognition Tests - ORT (NACSW)

Nose Work 1 - NW1 (NACSW)

Level 1 Containers Element - L1C (NACSW)

Coursing Ability - CA (AKC)

Coursing Ability Advanced - CAA (AKC)

Novice Stunt Dog with Honors - NSD (DMWYD)

Open Stunt Dog with Honors - OSD (DMWYD)

Proven Stunt Dog with Honors - PSD (DMWYD)

Level 1 International Canine Ninja ICN (I.C.E.)

Fast Coursing Ability Test - BCAT (AKC)



Canine Good Citizen - CGC (AKC)

Trick Dog Novice - TKN (AKC)

Trick Dog Intermediate - TKI (AKC)

Trick Dog Advanced - TKA (AKC)

Trick Dog Performer - TKP (AKC)

Novice Trick Dog - NTD (DMWYD)

Intermediate Trick Dog - ITD (DMWYD)

Advanced Trick Dog - ATD (DMWYD)

Expert Trick Dog - ETD (DMWYD)

Champion Trick Dog - TDCH (DMWYD)

Canine Conditioning Fitness Level 1 - CCF1 (DMWYD)

Canine Conditioning Fitness Level 2 - CCF2 (DMWYD)

Canine Conditioning Fitness Level 3 - CCF3 (DMWYD)

Canine Conditioning Fitness Level 4 - CCF4 (DMWYD)

Canine Conditioning Fitness Champion - CCF-CH (DMWYD)

Triple Crown Level 1 (DMWYD)

Triple Crown Level 2 (DMWYD)

Triple Crown Level 3 (DMWYD)


Achiever Dog (AKC)

Conformation Best of Winners x 2 (UKC)

In the video, Zephyr is checking two control jars, one with gluten, one with gluten-free food items. Like Luna, his indication for gluten is a paw raise, and gluten-free is eye-contact. The video is in slow motion to demonstrate how he uses his tongue to presumably pull in more odor. (Some dogs lick the air around food more than others.)

Zephyr checks packaged snacks for a visiting friend. This was his first time working for a different handler.

Luna Service Dogs, Inc., Service Dog Trainer, Scent Detection Trainer, Nosework Trainer. The Luna Service Dogs Inc. logo features in the center a black silhouette of a running dog facing to the right, the dog is riding on top of a teal broomstick, flying over a royal purple crescent moon on the right. The background is a lilac purple, with the words "Luna Service Dogs Inc" in teal in an arc, on the left, completing the circle of the crescent moon.
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