Saturday, September 14, 2013

Gus, Day 6

Day 6 already with Gus?  Doesn't seem possible, yet it feels like we've been here a long time.  I'm missing my hubby and littles at home.  But I know this is all worth it for Laura.
Today was very interesting.  The dog's practiced seizure alert (diabetic and epileptic), and retrieval.  It's amazing how these dogs can be trained to recognize scents and movements in order to alert parents to seizures.   Talk about a sense of relief knowing that the dog can help detect a seizure in the middle of the night when everyone else is asleep.

Gus is doing retrieval for Laura, so if she drops (or throws) her cup, toy, etc., Gus can retrieve it for her.  So far, he is retrieving her cup.  She thinks it's a game, and tosses it again.  Lovely.  I think throwing the tennis ball will be their favorite pass time.

We went to pick up pizza tonight and had textbook conversations.  First...all the pizza place workers came out to see Gus.  He is just so handsome!  Then came the questions:
1.  Is he a service dog?  Yes
2.  What service does he provide?  Mobility and retrieval
3.  What kind of dog is he? A golden doodle
4.  Can we give him a (people) treat? No, people food upsets his tummy.  But thanks!

Then a dad with 4 young boys came in, and while the dad was ordering, the boys lined up staring at Gus.  I asked them if they would like to give Gus a treat.  Only the youngest was brave enough...then the older brothers followed suit after they saw their youngest brother wasn't devoured.  I also showed them how to do "high fives" with Gus.  They loved that!  Pretty soon the dad came running over..."Did they ask to feed him?"  Yes...and it's really OK to pet and talk to most service dogs as long as the dog is being obedient.  But it's always wise to ask first.

Gus is doing stairs and elevators very well, basic commands, and is loving Laura.  He rides perfectly still in the van, and lies down motionless and quietly in a restaurant.  He is learning to leave Laura's toys alone, and is not easily distracted by dropped food...now the tennis ball is another story! :)  He's a great pup!


2 comments:

Jay and Chandra and Penny Regan said...

Precious pictures! Glad that it sounds like training is going well. I hope that Gus will be a real help to Laura and the whole family!

Traci said...

This picture should be the advertisement for 4-paws!