Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Who doesn't enjoy a scavenger hunt?
 
Due to Florida's afternoon thunderstorms we try to plan our evening summer meetings at an inside venue.   What better place than Lowe's for a puppy scavenger hunt! 
 
Upon arrival, raisers take time to settle their pup for the discussion part of the meeting.

Alli sporting the harness body with raiser and applicant.

 
 Penny also sporting the harness body.
 
 
One of our youngest pups, Hero.
 
 
 
Lucky
 
 
Diamond
 
 
Wally
 

Remington


Ginny


We review the collar pressure protocol before the scavenger hunt begins.


Each raiser and pup have an assigned recorder to assist them during the hunt.  Here the assistant AC, Bob, deputizes each recorder and reviews their responsibilities.
 
 
Since this is a very active outing it's a bit too much for young Hero. So he just spends a little time checking out the store.
 
 
During the activity raisers must find answers to questions and have their pup perform certain commands.  The recorder then verifies that each task is completed.
 
Lucky, "What is the doctor's specialty"?
 

Good loose leash walking Penny


and Remington.

 
Good down stay Penny


Pup encounter Aisle 46...


Consultation with the AC.


Good sit stay Diamond and


Remington.


Alli waits while her raiser tries to find a paint chip to match her raiser shirt.


Time's up Alli.


Nancy's happy to be finished.


Fun was had by all.

 

 
 
 


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pool time......
 
It's important for guide dogs in training to become comfortable around swimming pools.  They must learn how to enter the pool using the steps and only when invited.  Jumping in from the side is not an acceptable way to enter.  It's curious how many of our labs, don't seem to enjoy the water.
 
We start the meeting with some obedience work to burn off a little energy.  It was a very hot morning, so shade seeking was encouraged.
 
 


Hero says he could use a drink of that water......


Alli was the first to find the chickens....


Then Hero (R) and Quincy spotted them.....


Pool time!!!!   Ginny is fascinated by the fountain


and does OK swimming with a little support.


Bogey has a 'zoomie' attack, but never enters the water ...


Visiting Weber is not really interested in going swimming......


Alli enters with a big splash, turns right around and gets out....


Hero demonstrates how it should be done......


Followed by Remington....


Second time is a charm for Remington......


Lucky has a little support.....


Diamond prefers to soak.......


Thank you to the Fultons for inviting the group over for a swim.  We enjoyed seeing you.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bloomingdale Regional Public Library
 
 
As we were preparing to begin our meeting with obedience in the parking lot the skies opened with an evening thunderstorm.  Luckily we were close to the entrance and made it to the Community Room without getting too wet. What a way to start the meeting.
 
Raisers and pups take a few minutes to settle after the excitement.
Puppy sitters, Renae and Abby with Alli......
 

Bob and Debbie with new pup Bogey.....


Carole and Lucky....


Sharon and Karl with Hero......


The older pups get to explore the library.  One thing a guide dog must have is patience.

Remington waits patiently for Collin to pick a book.
 
 
Abby practices loose leash walking with Alli......
 
 
Jared with Penny.....
 

John with Ginny......


When sitting at a table, it's important to have the pup's head where you can see what they're doing.  This is accomplished with the 'turn' command. 
Carole with Lucky.

 
Jared with Penny....


Nancy with Diamond.....


A quick visit to the restrooms for the pups to experience the hand dryers.


Time to go home Ginny.