7th Day Of Home TrainingPosted: September 21, 2010
I am pleased to say that today was a much much better walk than yesterday.
My instructor came at about half 9. The other instructor was away somewhere else.
We first of all drove down to the new part of the route we learned yesterday, to do it on the short handle. We just did this part, and didn’t start back at the house. I learnt that at one point there is a “zebra crossing”, and that cars are meant to stop there, and if they don’t, they can get into trouble. I just wanted to make sure that the cars would stop, and it wasn’t just a case of them sometimes stopping.
We went through some of the bits I had trouble with yesterday too, before going back to the car to get Ushi.
We just concentrated on the new bit, and the only real problem we had was that I told her to “find the shop” and she took me up an entrance way which was just beside where the door was. I think I told her too early lol. I then missed where I was meant to tell her “Over” as we were going up a slope, and I wanted her to find the right part of the slope. Apart from that, it was a really good walk.
We headed back to the house for about half an hour, so that we could chill before we did the full walk that we did yesterday. We weren’t going to the shop this time, just continuing straight on. It was g great! Up until the last corner before we would cross over. She saw a rather playful dog. I thought that she had stopped because there was an obsticle, so I got her to go up to the kerb. I tried asking her to go straight on a couple of times, but she wouldn’t go, so the kerb was the next option. She was still really distracted, and my instructor said to give her a major correction for that. I did, and was quite firm with her all the rest of the way home, which wasn’t that long. I was then crossing at one point, and crossed over, but i think I had the lead in my right hand, and she was going right a bit too much. She ended up going on a speed bump, so I got really nervous, as I couldn’t find my kerb. I got her to go up to the kerb, and I tried to work out what the craic was. I had a listen to my traffic, and eventually with my instructors help, got her to do a right turn, and we were on the home straight. I think though that I just need to only hold the lead out slightly when I am using it, as it keeps her straighter.
Both walks were brilliant up until the point where she got all distracted. I thought “Ya had to go and ruen it!”. It’s a good job guide dogs can’t read our thoughts lol.
I am so glad that today was a much better day. I think too that yesterday was so horrible was that I was thinking a bit too far ahead, rather than getting to each down kerb. Oh well. I think because I was thinking about the kerb where I had to keep Ushi “In” threw me a bit.
The instructors said that yesterday was a “learning day”. I still didn’t think it was, but they would rather I made mistakes now rather than when I qualify.
Here’s hoping that tomorrow is a better day too!!. It feels so great to finally have all the days written, and not having to backdate any more. Thanks again guys for all the lovely comments.