#GuideDogDiaries Day 4
It’s the cutest thing waking up each morning, getting out of bed and Ida noticing; she comes running up to the end of the bed and wags her tail excitedly. How could that not put a smile on your face everyday? 🙂
She’s definitely more relaxed with me now, and has been testing the boundaries in the case of jumping up onto the bed!
I got a shock after turning off my hairdryer and hearing a jingling coming from behind.
I put on my stern voice and told her off. She just sat smiling and wagging her tail!
It wasn’t until I got hold of her collar gently tugging her towards the edge of the bed and saying off that she decided to listen!
I shared this with Mikyla this morning and she gave a little laugh and said yes, she’s pushing the boundaries to see how much she can get away with!
Funnily enough Hope had done the same to Adam this morning too!
I think they had a cheeky conversation the night before and see who could outsmart us first! 😉
The walk this morning was good, the bitter weather made me quite stiff but that didn’t seem to phase Ida, she is so in tune with slowing down when I physically can’t walk at her pace. I’m so incredibly lucky to have her.
I give Ida so much praise when she does this, especially because i’m not even asking her to slow down!
Later on in the morning Morvan from the health and well being team came in to chat to us about caring for our dogs’ health and how to notice behaviours in a dog when they are not feeling quite right.
It was reassuring to know that I can pick up the phone at anytime if i’m worried or have questions.
Ida was a total whirlwind when we first went into the room, new smells and lots of faces, I had to be firm with her to get her to settle, but when she did, I only had to ask her to lie down once.
It’s fab knowing that she is becoming really receptive to me. It’s a pleasure having a charismatic dog that also knows when it’s time to listen. 🙂
In the afternoon we went on a slightly different walk compared to the morning; full of lots of types of road crossings, pelican and zebra crossings and fantastic guiding through lots of people and street furniture.
Ida certainly had her business head on this afternoon, I could tell she was full of energy and really wanted to work.
She got big love and praise throughout our walk but it’s so rewarding to remove her harness and give her so much fuss and attention for being so assertive and hardworking.
The walk obviously hadn’t burned off enough energy for her because as soon as we got back to the hotel and I was sitting on the sofa she came up to me with her toy dinosaur: her way of telling me she wants to play.
I threw it across the room and couldn’t help but laugh as she sped of and skidded around the room retrieving it and having me repeat the process.
She got a little too excited because she thought the bed was another part of the game! The second she jumped up i stood up, cleared my voice, said a firm no and pointed to the ground… instantly she got down!
I can’t explain the feeling I get having that fun with her yet still having that respect for me that she does as she’s told.
As strange as it sounds i’m actually enjoying her pushing the boundaries and being mischievous; she’s always keeping me laughing!
I can’t believe it’s Friday tomorrow, time really does fly when you’re having fun!
Things Ive Learned.
•Ida thrives off working. I can’t put into words how happy that makes me.
•When finding a pelican crossing: Ida takes me to the kerb edge, but right next to the crossing button, this means I can reach out and press the button and wait in a secure place to cross.
•Ida is so tiny she can sit up straight while being under the table. OK not on her best Guide Dog behaviour, but it’s very funny, and not to mention super cute!!
•She is learning the layout of the hotel: knowing to sit at doors and wait, but also how far away she needs to sit so when it opens it won’t catch her.
•Loud noises don’t startle her: we had fire alarms and unexpected bangs happening and she didn’t react.
•Food is even more precious to her than I first thought: as she was scoffing her dinner, a bit flew out of the bowl,, she bolted to it and inhaled it before returning to the bowl to finish it off.
You definitely had to be there to appreciate just how funny it was!!
I’m looking forward to tomorrow, we are tackling stairs and going to a different area completely to walk new routes 🙂
I hope you are enjoying our journey so far? 🙂
Much love, x