Life at Hero Dogs is always busy! I am setting a good example for the new girl puppies living at the kennel (Annie and Mae), and I enjoy playing with them — it’s nice to tumble with the girls, but I do let them know if they are getting too rough!
In between all the outings to grocery stores, pet stores, and restaurants, I’ve been working on some of my skills. I have to keep practicing “settle” which seems to be one of my hardest jobs, and “paws up on lap” while I hold something in my mouth.
A big new assignment for this winter is learning how to behave at the veterinarian’s: holding still to have my ears, eyes, and mouth examined, being held tightly, and handing over my paw as if to have blood drawn. Next time I visit the veterinarian’s office, I’ll know how to behave like a perfect dog. I’ll be brave because I will know what to expect.
I’m also learning to listen carefully so I can follow a voice command. I am practicing “heel” and “side” and I am learning the difference between them without any other clues.
Getting used to loud noises is one of the things we have to learn, so I went to work in Silver Spring near buses – not only loud, but smelly, ugh – and I met with Hero Dogs Franklin, my golden retriever friend who is now training with his veteran partner. I think we both did splendidly in a very noisy environment!
I hope that soon I too will have a veteran of my own, so we can start training together.