Guide Dog AssessmentPosted: October 2, 2008
You’ll remember back in March I wrote about how I had been asked if I
Would Like To Apply For A guide dog
Well things have been moving along quite nicely. I’ve had the assessment visit, plus the mobility assessment. All is fine.
Today, I had the guidedog assessment. It started at about 10.30 this morning. First of all, we went through any questions I had, and about grooming and feeding. I asked about how I would deal with when it needed to relieve itself, and I might be able to get a run built, so that it could relieve there. I think this would be easier to manage than my garden, because it’s mostly grass. We also talked about vetenary care, and how often the guidedog should go.
After this, we went for a walk with a short handle harness. This was to simulate the dog. It was for about 20 minutes. The instructor taught me some of the foot positions, and how to correct the dog if it was distracted.
Finally, we came back to the house, where the instructor filled in some facts about me. It has been decided that yes, I would be suitable for a dog, but I need further assessment with an actual dog, to get a bit more confident with the way a dog walks. I have to work on my voice commands too, and work on encouraging it more. I felt a bit embarrassed talking to an empty harness, to be honest.
This further assessment isn’t to say that I wouldn’t be suitable for a dog, but it’s to work out what dog I could be matched to. Something like that, anyway.
Sorry for not keeping you updated. I just can’t wait to get the further assessment over!! Then, hopefully, i’ll be put on the waiting list!!!! Fingers crossed.