Edinburgh guide dog training: Day 10

This morning we did some obedience and food refusal with the dogs.  Annie was great doing her obedience. She did take a look at the chocolate biscuits on the floor but I gave her a flick on the lead and then apparently she looked like she was saying ‘Oh I can’t possibly look.  Oh it’s just all too tempting.  Don’t look!’.

After the biscuits were removed from the floor we did recall and the other trainer tried to distract her while I was calling her back.  She did think about going over but she came right back.

Beth Annie and scaffoldingBefore lunch we had a very eventful walk. We walked from the hotel to the shop to put on the lottery for the EuroMillions.  On our way back to the hotel I crossed over the road and we came across and obstacle. Annie stopped and sat to indicate and I instructed her to ‘Find the way’. She attempted to take me past and I walked into the scaffolding (I found out later there was a man on it at the time).  There was no way around the obstacle without going into the middle of a main road which I wasn’t going to attempt. The man who was on the scaffolding gave me his arm and guided me through.

We started picking up the pace a bit and then came across another obstacle.  This time I realised it was the same thing again and dropped the handle and accepted help.  It’s very unlike me as I’m usually very stubborn.  I once spent 30 minutes in the fruit and veg section of Tesco’s looking for an onion because I didn’t want to ask for help.

Boarders

We continued on our way up towards the hotel and my trainer said that we would stop at the boarder’s house. Volunteer boarders have the dogs while they are in advanced training. They have them in the evenings and at weekends and give up their time to look after our wonderful dogs. It was so nice to be able to stop by and speak to Jill and say thank you for looking after my little Annie. I was rather amused that their cat loves dogs and Annie loves Flix and was licking his face to say hello. Annie was really excited to see the family who have been looking after her for the past 12 weeks. So thank you Jill and family I really appreciate it 🙂

Beth Jill & Flix

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About Beth Dawes

I have no eye colour but I do have an iPad, a guide dog called Annie and a pink long cane.
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