Guide Dog Puppy Walkers in Castle Donington
|Author: Pauline, Steve & Solly||Published: 24th November 2011 23:52|
Guide Dog puppy walkers, Steve and Pauline of Castle Donington, document their progress with new dog, Solly...
Guide Dog puppy, Solly, trains at a public eventHello, to all the people following the exploits of Solly, a guide dog puppy in training.
Solly has been up to a lot of activities since we last wrote. The first of these was a trip to the NEC to the "A Place in the Sun" Exhibition which was a major test for Solly, as he had up to that point never been in an area with so many people congregating. We need not have worried though, as he just took everything in his stride, especially the attention he was getting, from exhibitors and visitors alike, including one of the presenters of the TV Programme Jasmine Harmon, who took a particular liking to him.
The attention to Solly was compounded by the fact he was the only dog there plus also the fact he was resplendent in his Guide Dog Puppy in training Vest, which raises people's curiosity even more. He was very good, walking around confidently and sitting quietly when we had a coffee. We were very impressed with his performance and his progress generally.
When we arrived at the NEC, Solly had another test to overcome, that of getting on and off public transport, in this case a bus, something that we take for granted. For a dog though, especially a young puppy, this is quite a big challenge, not only because of what it is, but also because of the fact there is a gap between the pavement and the bottom of the bus step. Asking the puppy step up or down over this gap, goes against their natural instinct. We need not have worried though as once again Solly took it in his stride. So all in all a very successful day.
Guide Dog Puppy, Solly, training on a bus Solly's next big challenge was to come a few days later, a trip on a train. Off we duly went in the car. Solly loves riding in the car. Again, there are rules for transporting guide dogs, namely you must have a dog guard, dividing the boot from the back seats, or the dog must travel in a cage. We use both and tend to use the cage when they are still quite small, and then use the dog guard once they reach about 4/5 months old. Either way you just have to mention to Solly "ride in car" and he starts jumping with excitement.
We parked up at Long Eaton train station and walked under the bridge to the Derby bound side platform. (Solly had been taken here before as a very small puppy, just to watch the trains and to get him used to the noise.) However the first train that came past was an express train that was not stopping, which spooked Solly a little and he shot behind my legs to hide, slowly peeking and moving forward in that comical cartoon style. A few minutes later another express went by. This time he was a lot more confident and stood to the side of me watching as the carriages flashed past.
Eventually our train arrived and once again, there was the issue of the gap between step and platform. This time though the gap was bigger and the drop more significant, but after a slight hesitation Solly jumped aboard, and we took our seats. Solly again got attention and luckily he is quite comfortable with it. It is good that he is coming across a range of people, machines and situations in general.
One thing we would like to mention is, if you see a guide dog puppy out wearing his blue training vest, please could you not attempt to stroke or pet them, as they are in training mode and much though they like the attention, it is distracting for them. The same goes when they are fully trained and you see them wearing their white harness, in all cases always ask the handler before petting any guide dog. After a brief stroll around Derby, it was back on the train for the return journey, and eventually home.
Another measure of how Solly is growing up is that he is now on two meals a day rather than three. He is growing up fast!
So all in all an eventful few weeks in the life of a guide dog puppy in training.
Until next time, take care.
Pauline, Steve & Solly
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Guide Dog Puppy Walking in Castle Donington - issued 14.09.11
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