Saturday, August 30, 2014

The perfect place for a meeting .....
 
 In the heat of the summer, the mall is the perfect place for a meeting.  Unfortunately due to the absence of our regular photographer, pictures are limited. 
 
We take advantage of the multiple doors to have a practice session of "left-hinged doors".  There is a specific way to navigate through these doors to prevent a door from hitting the pup. We start working on this command at an early age, but don't hold the pup accountable until ten months of age.  Following  are pictures of our pups in different stages of their learning curve.
 
 First up Bogey, one of our youngest pups.
 
 

Hero, Bogey's litter mate, is up next.  Lot's of new smells on the carpet.



Lucky, who is a couple of months older, straightens up the sit.



Ginny gets lots of praise for her good execution.



Wally looks to his raiser to say "I got this".
 
 
 
Our senior member, Remington, gets silly and decides to handle his own leash.
 
 


After practicing at the doors, we split in to two groups and spend some time walking the mall.
 
Ginny and Lucky can't figure out the boy in the bubble.
 
 
 
Bogey says it's time to go home. 
 
 
 
 



Monday, August 11, 2014

Alli and Penny off to Guide Dog U.......
 
It seems like yesterday when the raisers picked up Alli and Penny.  Now they're on to the next phase of becoming a guide dog. 
 
Penny was the first to join our group.....such a cutie
 

First meeting at the Ybor City market......


Veterans Memorial Park....

 Good loose leash.....
 

 Stairs at Brandon Ford.....


Obedience practice at a meeting......

 Happy girl, growing up.....



South Shore Regional library.....


Bus ride at Kings Point....
 

 Loose leash walking at Atrium....
 

Long leash recall practice at Eureka Springs Park.....


Wearing the harness at her last meeting held at the Straz Center.....


Guide Dog U day.......
 
 
Penny's new home in the assessment center.....
 
 
Jared passing Penny to the trainer....
 
 
Alli meets her raisers......
 

First meeting.....so sweet

 
Veterans Memorial Park......
 

She flies up the stairs in downtown Tampa...not something we encourage........


Obedience practice at a meeting.........


The trainers pick Alli to demonstrate the relaxation protocol at the Puppy Raiser Conference.....
 
 
At Alderman's Ford Park, ready to go.......

 
Manatee Viewing Center.....
 
 
A beautiful day at Eureka Springs Park......
 
 
Alli's last meeting at the Straz Center......
 
 
Guide Dog U day.....
 
 
Alli's new home.....
 


 
Goodbyes are said.....
 

 


They'll both be missed.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Straz Center has gone to the dogs....
 
 Our August meeting took us to the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.  We were fortunate to have the Tampa Area Puppy Raisers join us which made for a lot pups and people.
The group gathering outside on the parking plaza.
 

Diamond waits for the meeting to begin.


Alli's last meeting before going in for training.


A review of the meeting plan.


"Let's go", time for our tour of the theater.


We practice proper door  protocol as we enter the lobby.


Our tour guide shares information about Morsani Hall, the largest of the theaters.


The "graffiti wall" backstage.


Hero checking it out.


A dressing room.


The rehearsal room can accommodate large productions.


Lucky in the rehearsal room.


The big stage.


Jan explains the "applause test".



Our pups must learn to remain calm during applause when attending public events.  If a raiser doesn't attend theaters or sporting events this can be hard to teach them. We began with very light applause and escalated to whistles and cheering.


We stayed inside to practice on the stairs and riding the elevators while the Tampa group went outside.


Alli takes a "break".


Our turn to go outside.  Penny leads the way at her last meeting before going in for training.


Lucky and Remington follow.


We take the pups across the enclosed walkway.


A different type of stairs for Bogey to try.


Final debriefing and farewells to Alli and Penny as they head off to Guide Dog U.


Thank you to Lorrin Shepard for arranging our visit and great tour guide, Jeanne Piazza.  Also thank you to Hedy Henderson for sharing her photos.


 



 
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