Since I last wrote about the training, nothing much has happened as it snowed fairly heavily on Sunday and it has now turned to ice. Living on a hill has made it impossible to go out with Jasmine. I certainly don’t have enough confidence in her yet to work her in icy conditions and if I slipped or fell, this could potentially be very damaging to her confidence in me and in her work.
Having said that, I did walk about 300 yards between the hairdressers and Sainsbury’s yesterday, having been told that the pavements were clearing. This wasn’t really the case, there was still a lot of snow and ice. However, it was on the flat and an excellent exercise in slowing Jasmine right down. I think she wondered what was going on, but her tail was still wagging when we got to Sainsbury’s so no harm done I reckon.
Jasmine had to spend Friday night with her instructor as I had tickets to see the pet shop Boys in birmingham and its too early to leave her with people she doesn’t know. I wondered if this would have a bad effect on her bonding with me, but in fact it seemed to be the reverse. she was very happy to come home and has been a lot more responsive to me since. I’ve also had to go out a couple of times without her in the last two or three days and again, she has been very happy when I returned.
Tomorrow our instructor will be coming to take us to the vet so that i can introduce jasmine, and afterwards we will be taking her for a free run. This is possibly a little earlier that we would have done otherwise but I think Jasmine could benefit from some exercise and we don’t think it will have a detrimental effect on her work.
the big kid in me is hoping that there will still be some snow tomorrow for Jasmine to play in!