(VICT) Re: ALEXANDRA! Brag!
- From: "Paula Mack" <pmack1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <vi-clicker-trainers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 20 May 2006 19:54:19 -0400
Sandy, sounds like she did really well today. I'm glad. Sometimes guide dogs do act spazzy when walking to near to someone they know. I've found that if I can get the person to walk a good distance ahead or behind, the guide will adjust sooner and calm down. Paula ----- Original Message ----- From: <Infinitepaws@xxxxxxx> To: <vi-clicker-trainers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2006 3:05 PM Subject: (VICT) ALEXANDRA! Brag! > Today,Alex and I went to the flea market for the first time since my BEB > started. It is a really challenging environment complete with lots of children ( > her worst distraction!) and hoards of people( my worst scenario and the one > I need Alex for the most, to keep me from running into them during the parts > when my eyes are closed. I was concerned too about the heat and asphalt > surface as well as the ever present problem of off lead dogs. > > It was great! She was a little excited the first row or two but settled down > nicely. She ignored people making noises at her and little kids running up > to touch her and run away.. She would look, but not leave her position..I was > very proud of her.. other than the one group of kids, I was surprised by how > well behaved the kids at the flea market were.. better behaved than that man > who came and almost got in her face , making comehere noises to her.. I was > rude and told him to leave her alone.. she was avoiding eye contact with him > and scanning our path.. We were stopped several times by people wanting to know > if she wanted a drink, which I politely declined. > > Then there was the rollercoaster! Complete with a dragon head and roar! We > stopped to use it as a training opportunity When the dragon came around the > tracks towards her she stepped back about a step but came forward as it went > past.. We stopped and watched while I told her about it. Sometimes just > explaining things in a happy voice will calm dogs..Alex gets a little upset when > children scream.. I think she thinks they are hurt.. It is also how I got her to > quit stepping on me when she jumped up on the couch or was being prancy at > the back door.. > > Now for the parts that need work.. > > We also had a lady almost walk a dog onleash over to us.. Alex got a little > bouncy and I had to work a bit to get her attention.I had her do an under, > under the counter we were buying produce at. That helped. Still something to > work on when dogs offer play behavior to her... long term project.. sigh.. > > Alex was also annoying my sister when she was walking on my right side with > Alex between us..Alex guides on my right for those who dont know.. Alex knows > her very well and would crowd her and nose nudge her legs..We need to set > this up as a training exercise with family members.. ok it might be a "fat > chance" response from them but I will try.. If there are strangers walking in > that position she is fine.. friends I will have to try later today.. > > All in all, I think she did VERY well today and her guiding was good.. not > excellent as she REALLY would have preferred to be the shopper..looking at all > the strange sights, sounds and smells.. canine nose smorgasbord! I reminded > her that,, since she didn't have any money of her own, she couldn't shop! " > No shopping" is a cue i taught her long ago when we were first going to > grocery stores..meaning basically no sniff, but it sounds a lot nicer and isnt > said with a strong voice.. just a reminder..I then use the cue "on by" as a > follow up to get us past those enticing objects! Another cue meaning to go by > something interesting.. that one had some use today! > > We didn't do that well with shopping, but came home with a rice cooker for > the dogs for 5 bucks and a bunch of produce.. onions, jicama, peppers and > limes.. I wanted a pineapple but they were pretty green.. We forgot to go back > for the blueberries.. 2 pints for a buck.. bummer.. > > Chile rellenos this week! yum! > > > Sandy Foushee > Infinite Paws-Abilities Training and Service Dogs > Teamed with Alexandra Guide/Service Dog > > > >
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- (VICT) ALEXANDRA! Brag!