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.

Zephyr

Gluten Detection Service Dog

TDCH CCF-CH CH 'PR' Kenai's Defying Gravity BCAT CAA CGC TKP PSD ORT NW1 L1C ICN TC3

ABOUT ZEPHYR

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).

Zephyr Gluten Detection Service Dog, Celiac Service Dog, NACSW K9 Nose Work NW1. Zephyr, a red and white Alaskan Klee Kai, is lying down in an open crate, facing the camera. Next to him on his right is a black red and blue rosette title ribbon.
Zephyr Gluten Detection Service Dog, Celiac Service Dog, NACSW K9 Nose Work L1C. Zephyr, a red and white Alaskan Klee Kai is sitting in an open crate, facing the camera with mouth open and tongue hanging out. Next to him on his left is a purple and black rosette title ribbon.
Zephyr Gluten Detection Service Dog, Celiac Service Dog, UKC Champion Title. Zephyr, a red and white Alaskan Klee Kai is lying down on a bamboo floor, looking up at the camera. Around him on the floor are two blue first place ribbons, four blue and white best male ribbons, and a blue and red best of winners rosette ribbon.
Zephyr, Gluten Detection Service Dog, UKC Champion. Zephyr, a red and white Alaskan Klee Kai, is lying down on a turquoise mat on top of a bamboo floor. He is looking at the camera. In front of him are three blue first place ribbons, two blue and white best male ribbons, and two large blue and light green rosettes, one for best male of variety and one for reserve best male.
Zephyr Gluten Detection Service Dog, Celiac Service Dog, AKC CA Title. Zephyr, a red and white Alaskan Klee Kai, is sitting on a bale of hay, looking to his left with mouth open and tongue hanging out. Behind him are several stacked bales of hay decorated with green clovers and a green and white title rosette ribbon.
Zephyr Gluten Detection Service Dog, Celiac Service Dog, DMWYD Stunt Titles. Zephyr, a red and white Alaskan Klee Kai, is standing in a stone ring around the base of a tree. He is wearing three rosette ribbons (gray and green, gray and purple, and gray and orange). In front of him, propped against the stones, are three title certificates.

CONFORMATION TITLES:

 

Champion - CH - (UKC)

PERFORMANCE TITLES:

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)

 

ADDITIONAL TITLES:

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)

AWARDS:


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.