Born Oskar Yoder to an Old English Sheepdog mama and Toy Poodle papa in Ohio on Bastille Day 2018, Jiyu took his Japanese zen name meaning “Compassionate Friend” upon moving to Denver on the full moon day in September.
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 5 months, 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. At 10 months Jiyu again went off to training camp, this time for 15 days of off-leash study with Stevi Anderson.
Before his 8-month birthday, he and Jen-Mitsuke had graduated from 4 different 6-week courses together: Delightful Dog Basic Obedience at Noble Beast, Puppy Manners, Tricks, and Beyond the Backyard Intermediate Obedience at Rocky Mountain Dog Training. Jiyu and Jen continue to enroll in enrichment courses and workshops to enhance their skills as a team. They are currently practicing Service Dog Skills and Nosework.
Jen has received her certification as an Animal-Assisted Therapist through Pawsitive Therapeutic Interventions, and Jiyu aspires to earn his corresponding Therapy Dog certification once he has been on this planet a bit longer.
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