Born Oskar Yoder to an Old English Sheepdog mama and Toy Poodle papa in Ohio on Bastille Day, Jiyu took his Japanese zen name meaning “Compassionate Friend” upon moving to Denver on the full moon day in September 2018. There he dove into his bodhisattva dharma, bringing love and joy to Jen-Mitsuke and all other beings. He began giving his first counseling sessions, teaching his first yoga classes, and sitting in on shamanic healing work at the tender age of 11 weeks.
At 19 weeks, Jiyu met his first teacher Ahmia Scott and began training intensively with her, starting with an 8-day one-on-one residential immersion and continuing with private lessons. He is currently working towards his American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen title as well as his Therapy Dog certification with Pawsitive Therapeutic Interventions.
In addition, he and Jen-Mitsuke (Certified Animal-Assisted Therapist) are enrolled in numerous ongoing enrichment courses and workshops to enhance their skills as a team. They have completed Puppy Manners at Rocky Mountain Dog Training and Delightful Dog Basic Obedience at Noble Beast and are currently learning Intermediate Obedience and Tricks.