Guide Dog Training Day 10 – Testing Times

We talked today about the “honeymoon period” which is particularly relevant to rescue dogs. When they are re-homed, for the first few days they behave extremely well, but once they feel more confident and settled, they start to exhibit behaviour which hadn’t been obvious up till that point. New owners are often surprised that they have what would appear to be a butter-wouldn’t-melt dog who suddenly starts to misbehave.

I have that dog today! We have been taught to use a “first command, second command” system. first command is pleasant. if the dog doesn’t respond to that command, the second is done with a harder voice and a correction.

Today, jasmine has been doing everything on second command. I feel sorry for her really as in a way today has felt quite negative, but its the only way she’ll learn. I feel as though I’ve been on at her all day.

This morning we did more traffic work, including having a car drive across the pavement in front of us whilst walking along. This was the last traffic session we’ll do and I’m not sorry as I felt Jasmine was losing momentum with constantly being driven at. That sounds awful and in reality it is very controlled even though the dog doesn’t realise it!

This afternoon we went back to mapperley Top where we did more crowd work. jasmine was a lot steadier and apart from a minor brush with a wheely bin on a narrow stretch of pavement she did well.

This evening I took her to the restaurant whilst we ate our evening meal and apart from some initial sniffing, she was very good.

She’s snoozing happily in her bed now.

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About Mel Griffiths

I live and work in Nottingham, England and am blind. This blog is often centred around things that happen to me because of being blind. This is my space to write and sometimes people will disagree with what I write, but its the one place I have in which to be frank and honest. I also like to reflect on the funnier side of life from time to time.
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One Response to Guide Dog Training Day 10 – Testing Times

  1. fleurette67 says:

    Sorry Jasmine has been playing up a bit
    Hi Mel! I’m sorry to read here that Jasmine was playing up a bit yesterday, needing firmer commands before doing things for you, but I think you’re right with the theory that the honeymoon period is perhaps already over for her and that’s why she’s suddenly misbehaving after being good for quite a while after you first met her: although I’ve never had a guide dog, the same thing has happened with pet dogs we’ve had, so I know exactly where you’re coming from with that theory. I’m glad to hear that Jasmine behaved herself well at the restaurant, though.

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