March 8th 2010 5:21 pm
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My human is unable to work any longer, so we're spending a lot more time training. In the past couple of weeks, we've gone many times to Target, where I am really popular with the staff, and Orchard Supply Hardware, and the local library.
Today we did our usual early morning ball-throwing at the dog park next door, and then we went in to the office, where I have to sit and wait for her to use her badge to open many doors.
I like riding the elevator to the 5th floor. But instead of going to our cube, I had to sit or lie down while she talked and talked to strangers and friends. She did a lot of talking.
I'd never been in the fax machine room before, and was mildly curious with the new sounds and lights as my human completed the paperwork for disability.
After we left the office, we dropped by Target. Instead of just walking around the store like we ordinarily do, my human got a shopping cart and I practiced walking alongside.
The register clerks called my name to say Hi! but I wasn't paying a lot of attention to them. They weren't insulted. My human told them that it is good practice for me to have distractions.
We called it a day after our visit to Target. My human was very tired and I had the satisfaction of a session well done. We've been napping and doing short bursts of training for service tasks.
I'm learning to open doors and turn on lights for my human. She doesn't need me to retrieve things, but we're playing a clicker game where I have to figure out what object my human wants to me pick up and give to her. I love this game! I get so excited when I figure it out.
Right now, I'm practicing lying quietly at my human's feet while she writes my diary entry. Every so often, I get a click and a piece of cheese. Sharp cheddar, my favorite!
Tomorrow will be a big day! My human and I are going to go meet Ollie and his mom in Emeryville to do some public access training at a dog-friendly outdoor mall. There's an escalator there that I once watched Ollie and Jolanda go up and down and up and down with their people. Maybe tomorrow I'll try it out.
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Iris you lucky dog! You'll be able to spend so much more time with your mom. I hope not working will be okay with her. My mom doesn't work either (except on art and stuff) so I'm with her all the time which we both like. Have fun in Emeryville--now that I know where that is!
Sounds like you're doing a great job! We are jealous about how much time you get to spend training now! Can't wait to see you today.