Since we last wrote to you, Ted has improved further in his training and learnt lots of new things – we’ve spoken to his Puppy Walker, Rick, to find out how they’re getting on.
“…this bright blue jacket is useful for showing people that the puppy wearing it is in training and shouldn’t be distracted.”
Ted has worn his Guide Dogs puppy jacket around the house and is fine with it. In the future, he will start to wear it out on training walks too. This bright blue jacket is useful for showing people that the puppy wearing it is in training and shouldn’t be distracted. It also helps pups get used to the feeling of something on their back in preparation for wearing a harness in the later stages of training.
Recently, Ted has been honing a new skill – his recall, on the free runs he’s been able to enjoy since receiving the last of his vaccinations. Rick said that Ted’s recall is very good, even if he’s busy playing with other dogs, which is excellent for a pup of his age.
“At this point in training the pups will try their paws at visiting busy town centres and exploring the big wide world around them…”
At this point in training the pups will try their paws at visiting busy town centres and exploring the big wide world around them, as well as practising walking up and down flights of stairs and going in and out of different style lifts. This is great exposure for the pups as it gets them used to different environments and experiences. Weekly training routines also start to include travelling on different modes of transport. They usually start with car and bus journeys, and then move on to travelling by train. Due to the lockdown, Ted’s training on transport has been put on hold, but hopefully he’ll be able to try bus and train travel in the not-too-distant future.
Rick told us that overall, Ted is growing in confidence all the time when he’s out and about. When he’s at home, Ted loves his cuddles and is also very fond of dinner time; if he thinks it’s nearly time for dinner, Ted will go to Rick and give him a little prod with his nose as a reminder! We think that Ted sounds like an absolute delight; a spirited pup who’s doing well with all his training, and clearly thriving in his loving home!
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