Gluten Detection Service Dog
CH 'PR' Kenai's Defying gravity cgc CAA TKP ORT NW1 L1C
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)
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)
Achiever Dog (AKC)
Conformation Best of Winners x 2
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 pull in odor. (Some dogs lick the air around food more than others.)