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I am a male yellow Lab. My birth date is September 4th 2011. I am in training to be a guide dog for the blind. (guide dog school -Southeastern Guide Dogs) I'm my raiser's fifth guide dog puppy. She will keep me for (about) 1 year, then I will head off to harness training! Please feel free to follow my blog and keep up with: Brandon's Life... As a guide dog in training

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Mall Walk + Harness= FUN!!

My raiser took me to a "Mall walk" last Saturday for my puppy meeting. We met up with our group once inside the mall.
Our area coordinator had made up a "mall bingo" for us to play.
We all broke up into groups of 2 (1 puppy with 1 older dog), the puppy I was with just so happened to be named Bingo!
She is a female black lab born in September, and is very cute!

Some of the items on the bingo sheet were
"Meet a fish at Bass Pro Shop"
"Read a book at a Bookstore"
"Meet a Toddler"
"Smell the scents at Perfumania"
"Listen to music at FYE"
"Tell someone about Puppy Raising"
"Visit the Men's Room"
"Visit 2 areas in the Sun and Ski Store"
And LOTS more!!
We got bingo pretty quickly, but decided to keep walking through out the mall to visit more things.
My siblings & I were also being started with a guide dog harness on Saturday. Our group had 2 for using but since 3 of us older dogs showed up we had to take turns.
Rocky (my brother) was kind enough to share "his" harness at about half way.

After my raiser got me used to the harness (with out the handle), she added the handle on for me to try.
(none of our raisers are allowed to mess with and/or hold the harness handle - it is only used for getting us dogs used to it sitting on our backs as the trainers down at the guide dog school will work with the harness handle when we return back to school).

I got many compliments on how "handsome" I looked in harness, and I was really enjoying all the attention!
There were many stairs through out the mall, and my raiser had me "find" almost all of them! (Find is used as "Find the stairs" which means we need to wait at the stairs, then, when told, we have to sit before going down/up the stairs).
We visited many places in the mall, including; a ski store, a Disney store, a Perfume stand, a Lego store, a music store (where my raiser even let me listen to music!), and even Bass Pro Shop were my raiser held my 2 front feet up so I could see the fish swimming around!

Once we returned back to our meeting spot all of our raisers reported the dogs behaviors back to the area coordinator.
Before leaving my raiser was given the harness to bring home for the week. She can let me wear it out to town as long as I wear the puppy coat underneath it (letting everyone know I am a guide dog IN TRAINING).
She hopes to take me outside in the yard to get some good harness pictures.

Enjoy the mall walk pictures!

Toby
The dog with a blog





(Picture of mall security riding on a segway in front of the dogs - for an exposure)





(Black/white picture of my sister Duchess wearing guide dog harness)













(Picture of Toby "listening" to music from headphones provided by the music store)






(Black/white picture of my brother Rocky wearing guide dog harness)












(Picture of Bingo sitting, looking very adorable!)







(Picture of Toby doing a "sit stay" beside a large Lego statue)



(Picture of Toby sitting beside a large Mini mouse stuffed doll, trying to ignore it- notice he isn't doing a very good job at it...)






(Toby & I beside a train which gives rides to people in the mall)











(Bingo sitting in a fire truck for little kids)







(Toby doing "find the stairs" while wearing harness)














(Close up of Toby trotting through the mall - while wearing harness)






(Picture of Toby & I with a big "Elk" behind us at Bass Pro Shop)










(Me holding Toby's front legs up so he can see the fish at Bass Pro Shop)





(Toby & I both sitting down taking a break)









(Toby sprawled out on the ground with both back legs out and in harness)






7 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a pawesome 'game' woo got to play!

Tank woo fur sharing your fun!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Kari in WeHo said...

sounds like a fun game and he does look handsome

Honey the Great Dane said...

That "Mall Bingo" is a fantastic idea!! All puppies should play that game - then they can all grow up to be well=socialised, stable dogs! :-)

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

Sonic said...

Hahahah did you manage to sneak Minnie home with you? Like, maybe under your harness?

That looks like fun! I don't think I'm allowed in a mall at all!

Sonic

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta said...

WOW - looks like a fun game!!! Our mall doesn't allow more than 2 dogs in it at a time, so that's cool you can have a whole group meeting there!

Clive said...

Fantastic training and photos. We really enjoyed that post.

Many thanks for taking the time to nominate us earlier. We really appreciate it.

take care
Clive

ps-the NSLM loved the photo of you with Minnie Mouse!

Ruby's Raiser said...

Great outing! Love the idea of "mall bingo", we'll have to try that one!