Every 12 to 18 months or so, the Guide dogs for the Blind Association in the UK send out a member of their training staff to observe the Guide Dog Owner and the dog working together to ensure that there are no problems with the work or the dog’s general condition. I’m not normally one for writing gushing reports about Jade as everyone’s dog is always the best in their eyes and it’s not the best read for those who don’t know the dog and are even less interested!
However, on this occasion I feel I must write a little about my visit by a trainer. We walked to a local post office which I had not visited before but needed to find out where it is. Jade worked brilliantly, showing a lot of maturity and conscientiousness and we found the post office with little difficulty.
On our return, the trainer commented that Jade is in excellent condition and is obviously very tuned in to me. She also said that I made guide dog work look very easy.
Jade is a fantastic dog and we have bonded extremely well together. I wasn’t told anything by the trainer which I didn’t already know, but it was very encouraging to hear it from one of the professionals.