Yesterday, I went just because I needed to take Kolby some place. On days where I don't have a real agenda, other than exposure to life, it is fun to see what we come up with. It happened in the Children's Clothing Department.
I noticed that the circle racks were spaced evenly apart, side by side, and in two columns. I started walking each one in a figure 8 all the way down the eight racks, and all the way back. I was focused on teaching Kolby how to turn into me and away from me, depending on if we were turning Left or Right. He did awesome!!
Kolby works the best on a Heal. I am working now on training on the Side position. We worked the figure 8 pattern on a Side too, and it was more challenging for Kolby. He was lagging on his leash, trying to get behind me to his favorite Heal position. Eventually he became more confident and stayed on the Side. We walked the rest of our outing on a Side.
Today, we returned because we are hosting a party on Sunday and I needed to order our photo-cake. Kolby sat patiently in a Heel while I talked to the Baker. That didn't take too long. We then traveled the rest of the store we didn't see yesterday.
|a walking dog balloon - creative!|
The loud speaker announced they were going to have a Team Meeting in ten minutes by the coffee shop. Oh, well how convenient - that is where I must Exit to my car. Of course I milled around until the ten minutes were up and exited as their big crowd was gathering, giving Kolby one more showcase and that we enjoy their interest and support of our training for Canine Companions. I learned that one of the employees had been a Guide Dog Puppy Raiser!! Awesome.
The employees will literally be watching Kolby grow and mature and continue his Rock Star Status for the next fourteen months. It has only just begun ...