Its 9:30 in the evening now and we finished working about half an hour ago. Its been a long, fairly mixed day today. Our first walk was around North Sherwood Street in Nottingham with some busier conditions for the dogs to work and many more distractions. I was largely left to my own devices and at times I didn’t feel that jasmine was concentrating very well. I also felt that she was challenging me a bit which is bound to happen. That was followed by a talk on dog welfare and health, and lunch with jasmine in attendance for the first time.
this afternoon we did the dreaded traffic work. A member of Guide dogs staff driving a car close to us to enforce the dog’s response to unexpected or misjudged traffic. Jasmine did well with that. Its a difficult area to work on as it has to be so controlled. Following that we had another talk, this time on dog behaviour. I learnt that Jasmine is probably a more dominant dog with both other dogs and with the handler. I was pleased to hear this as I had certainly asked for this type of dog.
We then had a short break, followed by our evening meal and then a night walk. no real difference for me than a walk in the daytime, but an opportunity to work the dogs in training at night.
So, a 12 hour day with very little in the way of breaks. Jasmine is spark out at my feet now and I don’t think I’ll be far behind her.
the other thing I learnt today is that Jasmine’s birthday is 29th of december when she will be two years old.