We don't want to sound like a broken record or know it alls. But it's crucial that you work your Dutchies daily, around the house, outside with distractions, and exercise them until they drop 😉.
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Working on our sit/stay in the park! 👍🏼 Her ears almost don’t fit in the picture 😅😍💕 •
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Today, I had a wonderful and inspiring experience at the National Gallery. The staff was so attentive and considerate in helping me independently explore the galleries. Docents leading tours took extra time to explain the texture, details, color, imagery, and expressions of each piece of art. The audio tour was phenomenal and easy to navigate. Even the security staff went above and beyond, letting me clicker-train Ingrid to target and remember key parts of the museum before it got too busy. I am still a little in awe over the amount of care and thoughtfulness the staff placed into my visit, to give me an experience through which I did not miss a single thing!
Meanwhile....Ingrid, for the second time this week, had to put up with an art museum. Art galleries, she says, are boring because people gawk more at the art than at her. Also, it is hard to understand why statue plinths are not curbs and should never be graced by her two front paws! AND, she asks, who in heaven’s name would put a fountain indoors!? Water is scary! People should know this! However, she did catch the eye of many, many visitors.... First, we ran into an adorable, passionate tour group of second and third graders, who eagerly peppered me with questions about Ingrid and how blind people see art. They told be explicitly that they knew that petting service dogs is wrong, but Ingrid did shake their hands politely, demonstrated how she targets paintings for me to find, and sat quietly while I answered everyone’s wonderful inquiries.
Then, two visitors asked to take a photo of Ingrid - without me, just Ingrid! - in front of a painting of a woman, who was apparently in a pearl necklace.
Most touchingly and heartbreakingly, a little girl ran away from her mom across a gallery room to Ingrid and me. She threw her arms around Ingrid and cried into her fur. The horrified and embarrassed mom explained that they had just lost their little female black lab, and that even though Ingrid was not all grey on her muzzle like their dog, her daughter thought Ingrid was their beloved friend. She tried to calm her, and eventually helped her spell out the letters on Ingrid’s name tag to show her that Ingrid was
Feeling a bit better today so we took some time and devoted it to obedience this evening. Got a fair bit done today overall (cleaning, groceries, etc.) but feeling pretty sore from it. Hoping I’ll keep up this energy and we can start to get back into a proper training routine- I’ve been slacking from not feeling well, but hopefully I’ll manage to find a few ways to keep up the training even when my energy is low. 🖤
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