For anyone who doesn’t want to read about the intricacies of working with a guide dog, this post won’t be for you, so I’ll see you on the other side!
I realise its a while since I updated about Jasmine and there’s a bit to tell. Firstly, I changed her food from eukanuba in April as I don’t like the product. GDBA were adamant that they would not pay for James Wellbeloved which was my preferred choice for jasmine, having had such good results with it with Jade. They decided Jasmine should have Royal Canin Maxi Sensible so I agreed to try it. It certainly didn’t suit Jasmine. she drank large amounts of water and her spending routine all but broke down. I never knew when she would spend during the day and she often did it on walks which was detrimental to her work as I’ve been told to correct her if she does this. consequently neither of us were particularly relaxed on walks and jasmine started pulling me if we needed to change direction rather than guiding me.
When I finished the bag of royal Canin, I decided to buy a bag of James Wellbeloved myself and try it. the results were better than I could have hoped for. I get the impression that GDBA staff probably think that I’ve staged the whole thing but that wasn’t my intention. jasmine’s spending routine settled within a couple of weeks and her work is so much more relaxed. this is probably because I am so much more relaxed knowing that it is very likely that she won’t spend on walks.
Something happened the other day which made me realise that I should really start trusting this dog! I got off a train with her in Nottingham and started to walk the way I thought was the way out. jasmine was working really badly, hesitating and trying to refuse. after a short while I realised that I’d gone the wrong way, so turned her round. As soon as we were heading the correct way, her tail came up, she was really positive and happy. so, that was her way of telling me, “No you silly blindy, you’re going the wrong way … again!”
All in all, I feel that jasmine is calmer and happier. It has even been noticed by other people, so I’m very pleased.