(VICT) Re: Harness Handles etc

Yep here there are different lengths ranging from fourteen inches to twenty 
two inches.

The length is used because of the different sizes in dogs, the length of the 
arm of the human, and in the pulling style of the dog.

I use an eighteen inch one, a twenty was too long, I was way past Judson's 
hips when working, and a sixteen was way too short was almost suitcasing 
him.

We also have three styles of handle, the straight, offset, and eurgonomic. 
I use an offset handle that looks like a big S shape in the handle.  As 
Judson is so long, I needed to have something that would put my hand about 
four or five inches off to the right so that I wouldn't be walking on him. 
It works fantastically.



Shelley L. Rhodes B.S. Ed, CTVI
and Judson, guiding golden
juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc.
Graduate Alumni Association Board
www.guidedogs.com

Dog ownership is like a rainbow.
 Puppies are the joy at one end.
 Old dogs are the treasure at the other.
Carolyn Alexander

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Valerie" <rosetta@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <vi-clicker-trainers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 12:56 AM
Subject: (VICT) Harness Handles etc


It's  really nice  to see so many posts appearing on list, been  quietish
lately.
Here we have  different schools that have different length harness handles
for their dogs.  I'm wondering if it's the same with schools there in the US
or elsewhere? Are there  reasons/benefits to either handle length? There is
a longer length, where you stand right near the dogs hind quarters, the
handle end would reach where the tail of the dog begins. The shorter handles
you would stand more near the dog's shoulder when holding the handle. Just
interested in the benefits. Regards Valerie








----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Valerie" <rosetta@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <vi-clicker-trainers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 12:51 PM
Subject: (VICT) Boston etc


Shelley congratulations on the employment and also congrats to Judson the
Bostonian Golden who is working so very brilliantly.

I've a very good friend who lives  near Boston: the city seems so very
beautiful from all I've heard. And......................hooray for Goldens,
smile. Valerie. ----- 
















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Message ----- 
From: "Shelley L. Rhodes" <juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <vi-clicker-trainers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 10:51 AM
Subject: (VICT) Update on the list and us


> hi you all,
>
> Am doing some list cleaning removing bouncing addresses and old addresses
> I
> know aren't working anymore and doing some other list maintenance.
>
> it has been a while since I have posted on here, smile.
>
> It is mainly because, We are EMPLOYED.  I now live in Boston, MA, well
> o.k.
> so the Greater Boston area, in a town called Revere.  And yes, I do live
> on
> Charger street, and the next street over is "Lantern lane" guess the city
> planners had a sense of humor.
>
> But I work for the Carroll Center for the Blind as an itinerate TVI, and
> use
> public transit and cabs to go to all my appointments and my students.
>
> Judson is taking the big city in stride and doing awesome, absolutely
> awesome job with subways (which he had seen before in training but that I
> hadn't) and buses, commuter trains and everything else.  I am really
> impressed with his work, and hope if his health holds up to have him
> working
> another year or so.
>
> I did put in the application for retrain, because I really, really want a
> golden retriever and I also came to the conclusion that my cane skills are
> not up to par, as far as big city travel is concerned.  I learned cane
> skills in a small town, did buses, but that is the extent.  And I know I
> could not perform as efficiently on my job at this time without a dog.
> And
> No it is not because I haven't kept my cane skills up, it is I learned
> them
> in a totally different context.  Am trying to remedy this situation, but
> will do what is safe for me, smile.
>
> The clicker training has REALLY come in handy to teach Judson particular
> bus
> poles, shelters, stairs at the subbway station, the garbage can we have
> hidden in the bushes outside the apartment, and for locations in the
> school
> buildings and in the communities I have to work in.  I can show him a
> location once, jack pot him for finding it a couple of times and he
> remembers it even if we haven't been there for several weeks.
>
> He has done remarkably well and am really happy with him.  This is a
> versatile dog who is willing to take whatever you throw at him, smile.
> Even
> if it involves a bus, two subways, and a bus to go to certain places.
>
> in the spair time, I am still scanning for Bookshare so if there are
> titles,
>
> I can access
>
> www.noblenet.org
>
> So if they have it I can get it, smile.
>
> I also am going to the gym three times a week and it is working out well,
> and I am also hunting down art classes to continue my ceramics work.
> Smile.
>
> But that is it from us.
>
> If there are anyone who needs to or wants to join the list, or needs to
> leave it, please, let me know?
> That way I can keep our member rolls clean and so I don't get all the
> bounce
> notifications all the time.
>
> Smile.
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Shelley L. Rhodes B.S. Ed, CTVI
> and Judson, guiding golden
> juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc.
> Graduate Alumni Association Board
> www.guidedogs.com
>
> Dog ownership is like a rainbow.
> Puppies are the joy at one end.
> Old dogs are the treasure at the other.
> Carolyn Alexander
>
>
>
>
>
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