A Day in the Life of an ICAN Handler

A Day in the Life of a Handler

By: Alkeia, an ICAN Handler

Dog and handler

We get up anywhere between 7 and 8am. Mostly slow and grudgingly but I am greeted with wiggles and kisses and I can't help but smile. Then it's off to the yard while Justice and Jordan  (yes, I am training two dogs), sniff the air, and grass, and each other, and take entirely too long to do their business.

We come back inside so they can have their favorite meal of the day-breakfast! We then either go for a walk, do some training or Justice's favorite-play with other dogs. After the boys are good and tired, I can get myself ready for the day. Does this sound familiar to any mother's out there? (Just wondering.)

As the day progresses we usually train some more, and then I just let them hang out and be dogs. Depending on the day of the week, I may have group or class and they accompany me. We work on being able to relax and be calm in different environments.

As evening progresses, it's time for their other favorite meal-dinner! As the evening draws to a close, it's potty time again for the last time and then we wind down for bed. Tomorrow comes and we do it ALL OVER AGAIN!

An ICAN Handler's Daily Schedule

Dog and handler

By: Toni, an ICAN Handler

Daily Schedule- Busy Day

  • 5:00am- Wake up, shower, drink coffee
  • 6:00-6:30am- Eat breakfast with Bandit and Montauk
  • 6:30-7:10am- Train, play, and potty, with both Bandit & Montauk
  • 7:30-10:20am- Take either Montauk or Bandit to work with in the Education Building
  • 10:20-10:30am– Potty break for other dog
  • 10:30-11:30am- Downtime for the dogs
  • 11:00-11:30am- Lunch for me
  • 11:30-1:30pm- ICAN Group meetings
  • 2:00-3:00pm- Walk dog that didn't go to class
  • 3:00-3:30pm- Count and downtime
  • 3:30-5:00pm- Workout
  • 5:00-5:30pm- My dinnertime
  • 5:30-5:45pm- Potty for both dogs
  • 5:45-6:30pm- Count
  • 6:30-7:30pm- Train both dogs or walk one and train the other
  • 7:30-8:00pm- Shower
  • 8:00-8:30pm- Dinner for Montauk and Bandit
  • 10:00-11:00pm- Last potty break
  • 11:00pm- Sleep

Daily Schedule- Calm Day

  • 5:30-6:30am- Wake up, coffee
  • 6:30-7:30am- Breakfast for Bandit, Montauk, and I, as well as training one or the other dogs
  • 8:00-9:00am- Walk the dog that wasn't trained
  • 9:00-10:00am- Shower, downtime for Bandit & Montauk
  • 10:30-11:00am- Potty break
  • 11:00-11:30am- My lunch break
  • 11:30-1:30pm- ICAN Group meetings
  • 2:00-3:00pm- Walk or train both dogs, depending on the weather
  • 3:00-5:00pm- Downtime for the dogs, workout time for me
  • 5:00-5:30pm- My dinner time
  • 6:30-7:30pm- Train both dogs
  • 7:30-8:00pm- Dinner for both dogs
  • 8:00-8:30pm- Potty for both dogs
  • 8:30-10:00pm- My downtime
  • 10:00-11:00pm- Last potty break
  • 11:00pm- Sleep