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Wrigley’s Communication Journey

Written by: Stephanie Stone Edited by: Tandy Tiramai   Growing up Jaclyn Jenkins always knew she wanted to have a career with animals. Now as a full-time dolphin trainer in Miami, Florida, she has also taken on a new project with her Australian Shepherd, Wrigley.  “I turned my passion and experience in training marine mammals to training Wrigley,” she said. In January, Wrigley began his communication journey with Jenkin’s “Speech Button Project”. This involved purchasing recordable answer buttons, and adding simple commands like “outside”.  “My overall goal with these buttons is to truly see what Wrigley wants/needs/feels and better communicate with him,” she said. Although it has only been three months, Jenkins said Wrigley is so motivated to press the...

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