Yesterday was business as usual. Get on SunVan and go to Saavi to work out. Nothing was different, everything was fine, Jayden had to weave around some people to get me inside, he took me to the restroom like normal.
When we left the restroom and headed to the gym, he began pulling. I told him steady, he still pulled, I got the leash and pulled back, he still pulled. Suddenly I hear, “I’ve got my dog, can I help you?”
Oh great, the assistant director. And her guide dog. I’m telling Jayden no and sit and telling her we’re going to the gym. Jayden isn’t sitting. We’re in the middle of the hall, so I sidestep over to the wall, we weren’t that far from it.
He doesn’t sit. So I leash correct. I haven’t had to do a real leash correction in soooo long. Usually just taking the leash out and a no from me gets him back on track but it wasn’t working. I gave the leash correction but I’ve gotten a lot stronger since back when I had to give them a lot. Either that or it had just been so long since he’d been corrected, that he gagged. I felt horrible. He lay down.
I didn’t say down, I told him. I patted my leg and said sit. He sat. I made him sit there for a bit and then asked if he was focused. I said forward, to the gym. He took me to the end of the hall. Turn around, go to the gym. He took me right to it.
No one was in there and when we got to his spot where the mat usually is, the mat wasn’t out yet. Normally he waits for me to get it, but he went to the spot and lay down. I felt sooooooo horrrible. I had him move so I could get the mat out and then he lay down on it and I knelt down next to him and hugged him. He licked my face.
It had been so long since I’ve had to be firm with him. I forgot how horrible it feels. I told Lisa about it and she said at least it got the point across. I know it’s for both our safety but man, in the moment, it feels awful.
After I worked out, I took his harness off because Lisa really wanted to say hi. Her husband was there too, another client, and eventually two more staff. We all got on the floor and I had him on a long leash. He kept going from person to person and got so excited he started hopping in circles hahaha! Everyone got a big kick out of it. I felt better then, letting him have some fun with others.
He’s such a good boy that he never acts up so bad that he needs a firm correction. I’m so glad I don’t have to do that often. It feels horrible. Hopefully he’ll go back to ignoring the other guide dogs at Saavi.
Ahhh, ok, feel better getting that out hehe. L came over right after we got home, after an hour on the SunVan. Every once in awhile we’re stuck riding that thing forever. We both needed a relieving circle upon arriving home hahaha! Then he got his frozen Kong and I put on coffee just in time for L to arrive. She and I talked for awhile and then I put on the archived Rays game. I had emptied a milk jug that morning and rinsed it out. This one was a gallon jug, and we’ve been playing with half gallon jugs so I was curious to see how he’d handle the bigger one. I threw it against the door where it can bounce off walls and tile and make a racket and he went over and began pushing it around then somehow was able to get it in his mouth and bring it to me. I kept throwing it and making racket haha. He just goes wild. He managed to pretty much destroy it though it took a little longer than the half gallon jug. I constantly feel it for sharp edges, but it just gets smashed with tiny teeth holes all over it. He wore himself out and I threw it away.
We’re going shopping with Georgie today. It’ll be his first big shopping trip. I wonder how he’ll like it. 😉