I spent most of December focusing on training challenges and holiday activities. Even though I’ve grown and learned so much, I admit that I still know how to be lazy while “working in the office” – every service dog in training needs a little down time (in other words, a nap).
Another easier portion of my December training was working on skills to pass my Canine Good Citizen test – including staying quietly and patiently for three minutes without my trainers in view or in earshot.
More difficult skills? Learning impulse control and practicing the command “Leave It” with bacon dipped bread… which I am not permitted to eat, but it smells delicious, and that makes it really tough to leave it instead of tasting it. On my head? Really? That just shows you what an excellent dog I am.
I also worked on walking up the stairs at the Rockville library with my service dog buddies. I take one step at a time along with my trainer, so that (if needed) I can help my future Veteran safely go up and down stairs. That skill just requires patience and paying close attention to my partner.
Along with celebrating the Christmas holiday, I had opportunities to serve the community. Merry Christmas! I made some new friends while stuffing holiday food bags for the needy. I spent a morning at Arlington National Cemetery finishing the Christmas wreath placement for Wreaths Across America. I also visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC which was adorned with wreaths and nearby Christmas trees.
These were great ways to conclude 2014, and I’m looking forward to new adventures next year. The weather is getting colder – perhaps snow is on the way?