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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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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Meet Tucker

I had my first ever "work date" this past Saturday with a local guide dog in training, and it was the most fun work I've ever done!
But let me rewind a little, so you guys can get caught up on how us doggies first met...
WAY back in December 2011 (okay, last month...) a story ran in 2 newspapers about my raiser & I (to help raise support fur my in-home care...), a local guide dog raiser who is currently raising her first guide dog puppy for "Leader Dogs for the Blind" (different guide dog school) happened to read the article and decided to contact my raiser (this past week) to see if we could meet. Since my raiser LOVES to give me lots of exposures, they soon set a date for us doggies to meet (so both of us dogs could work on "doggy distractions" WHILE working in a public environment).

Okay, so now you know how we found each other :) Back to me explaining how much fun I had...
The work date went really well; we meet at the mall to work; since it would be a great public place, and was big enough that us doggies would have the ability to ignore each other.
"Tucker" is a male yellow lab, who is 8 months old - since his raiser is something that their school likes to call "a independent puppy raiser" (doesn't have a puppy group/meeting to attend each month) he really lacks the training of working with other dogs in public.
So it was a win-win situation, I got to help Tucker learn to work around another doggy in public, while he got to be a furry great distraction fur me... so I would learn to ignore him! (Tucker handles doggy distraction by whining/barking - so that was a GREAT exposure fur me to learn to ignore!).
After we worked in the mall for a few hours, our raisers decided they were hungry, so we headed over to Chick-fil-a so THEY could grab a bit to eat.
They were soo proud of us doggies for maintaining a down-under (laying under the chairs) and ignoring each other, for the entire lunch! (which took another few hours!).
Once they FINALLY finished eating, we headed outside to go our separate ways, but before they left... they took our jackets off and let us meet each other! (and my raiser was very surprised to see how calm we were while meeting each other!).

So all in all it was a great day, and we hope to be able to meet again soon (and if it's not raining... I'll bring Tucker back to my place, so he can see lots of furry cool farm animals!).
My raiser did happen to get a few pictures on her camera (okay, the first one is all thanks to the Chick-fil-a lady, though!), so you can "somewhat" see what Tucker looks like!

-Brandon


Us doggies maintaining a furry wonderful down-under! (oh yeah, and our raisers...)
Picture of Brandon & I with Tucker & his raiser at Chick-fil-a (both dogs are in a down-under)

Me doing what I'm best at... SLEEPING! (I mean... working)
Picture of Brandon sleeping at Chick-fil-a

 Me doing a furry wonderful job at totally ignoring Tucker (who is off in the background behind me)
Picture of Brandon in a down-stay inside the mall, you can see Tucker in the background (also doing a down-stay)

19 comments:

Two French Bulldogs said...

Tucker is a cutie pie. You guys are such hard workers
Benny & Lily

Amber DaWeenie said...

You pups amaze me. I could never do dat! If me sees anudder doggie, me wants to bark me head off. All me is doing is trying to say HI, butt Mom always stops me. Pawty Pooper!

Max the Quilt Cat said...

You and Tucker are both doing very wonderful at your positions. I'm impressed... That's for sure.

pawhugs, Max

3 doxies said...

Dat is da one kind of WORK is not made fors...I appluade ya'll.

Puddles

Bailey Be Good! said...

Awww, I don't know how you ignore stuffz... I'd simply go crazzzy with all those things to look at, including another doggie! Great job! :)

Woofs & hugs, <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

bichonpawz said...

Great Job! Don't know how you do that...with the food there and all!

Ludo van Doggy said...

You two did so well! You is both adorable I bet you got lots of distractions of people awing at you too!

bbes tribe said...

Tucker is very cute and we think you are an awesome little dude. Distractions must be hard.. we're not so good at them. Sounds like you both did an excellent job!!
Keep up the good work you two...
Wags
ernie,sasha,chica,lucas

24 Paws of Love said...

Very cool Brandon!! I can't imagine any young pup every having so much patience and discipline like you do. That raiser of yours must be one smart cookie!! :)

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

That was a really cool experience! If Tucker doesn't have a training group, you were just what the doctor ordered.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

injoyinmylife said...

Oh Brandon sweetie, you and Tucker are both such impressive dogs. Beautiful too! I am truly impressed with your down unders.

The Army of Four said...

Brandon, you are SUCH a good puppy! Very cool that you and Tucker got to have a work meeting AND to let your fur down a bit, too!
Play bows,
Zim

Elijah and Hobart II said...

Brandon, you are just too handsome!!!!

~Elijah & Hobart II

Hilary said...

Oh Brandon - you and tucker are both so cute!

chasingsquirrelswithrusty said...

Hi Brandon. You are doing a great job! It's nice to meet you!

Oskar said...

What good pups you guys are!

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

Chicco said...

Hello dear friends,
Have a nice sunday.
Woof, woof,

Chicco

Bella the Boxer said...

You were able to stay calm at Chik-fil-a? You ARE a super hero, Brandon! (Great pictures, too!)

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a fun day. Work and play in the same session. And two well-trained dogs.