3rd Day Of Home TrainingPosted: September 15, 2010
Well today had a much better start to the morning. It was just the usual routine for morning feeding and spending.
The instructors came at about 10 o’clock again. Or rather should I say, it was only my instructor who came as the two other instructors I had were busy doing other things with other clients.
I first of all got my instructor to look at Ushi’s neck, as I wanted to make sure that her wound hadn’t got any bigger, which thankfully it hadn’t.
We were doing the same “block route” that we had done for the past couple of days, only in the opposite direction. We first of all did it on the “short handle” so that I could get a good picture of it in my head. That thing is so useful! We then came back to the house, and got Ushi, who had a nice sleep in the instructors car while we did the walk. She was raring to go as usual.
I asked about how I would know if Ushi would sniff on the walk, but it turns out that I was able to pick it up, as her head turned the other way from where she was meant to be looking. We agreed at the start of the walk that we would keep Ushi moving as much as possible, and ask all the questions later. This was because she would get rather bored if we spend ages hanging about, so there is more chance of her getting distracted. It then becomes a battle to get her focus back.
The walk went reasonably well. She found my house no problem! I said though that I didn’t want to be relying on her finding the door, as she might not be paying attention some day. They are going to think of a land mark I can use, as there is nothing really that is useful, apart from feeling each door. But that would be too time consuming!!
We had a quick break at the house first, before doing the same walk the way we did it before today.
I asked what would happen if you came round the block one way, and then the other way, but you can just tell the dog “back” and tap the front of your leg, and you will go back round again which was quite cool.
After we did it one way, we did the other way again. It started to chuck it down, and I think Ushi was rather bored, cause she slowed right down, and I really really really had to encourage her forward. She eventually did it though which was great.
It was another great walk. I really enjoyed it, and I am slowly getting used to her in my home area. And thankfully there was no “shakes” at any dogs or anything today. She just walked on past which is good.
Thanks again people for the comments-I can relate so much to you guys. We are all like a little guide dog community lol.
Sorry the home training posts are so short, it’s just that we finish by about 12 o’clock, and i don’t think you want every single detail of what I did for the rest of the day lol. “I went to the toilet at three o’clock, and then ate dinner at 6!” lol.
Who knows-maybe Ushi will get her paws on the computer when I have finished the home training posts! Think she would like that! She sneaked onto facebook last night to talk to another guide doggy friend, and she was saying that she didn’t know why “the thing I used talked!” so maybe when she gets on here she might understand a bit better. Who knows though.
Thanks again for putting up with all my questions, and sorry if I get annoying. I just want to be sure that i am doing everything possible to make this work.