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Once again we were lucky enough to bring a Guide Dog puppy in training on the OCTA bus service animal training. Last year I took Derby on the OCTA buses, walked outside of Knott’s Berry Farm and even grabbed some lunch with Derby’s brother Dutch. Unfortunately this year I didn’t have a puppy in training and at the last minute I was lucky enough to take Sidney on the buses.
OCTA Bus Service Dog Training
Every year the Orange County Transportation Authority offers bus training to service animals. We’ve been lucky enough to participate in the bus training the past two years and we’ve seen dogs from various service, assistance, therapy and guide dog groups including Canine Companions for Independence, Canine Support Teams, Guide Dogs of the Desert, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Therapy Dogs International, Delta Society, OCSPCA, Guide Dogs of America (of course), and we’ve even seen a cadaver dog puppy in training.
This year OCTA also set us up with passes into Knott’s Berry Farm! Sidney and I had a great experience walking by all the different sights and sounds of an amusement park. We didn’t go on any rides, but we did see several dogs boarding the train ride. Here’s a slide show of pictures from our experience on the OCTA buses and at Knott’s Berry Farm:
Sidney – A Puppy In Training
As you can see we had a great time. Sidney was great and did really well with all the funny sights, sounds, and smells. He didn’t chase the chickens when we exited the bus. He did very well walking up and down the ramp when exiting the bus. He slept comfortably underneath the seat while riding on the bus (although he did pop his head out into the aisle a couple times). He was very aware of the roller coaster and screaming kids and didn’t seem scared, but very alert to his surroundings. The one area where he did get a bit frightened was when he saw the lady in costume with a big hat on. I’m not sure if he started barking because Kelly started barking or if it was his natural reaction, but until the girl took her hat off Sidney was not too pleased with her appearance. However, as soon as she took her hat off she and Sidney were best friends. If you watch the slide show the girl I’m talking about is the one with the scary pumpking (jack-o-lantern) behind her.
A big thank you to OCTA for providing us with bus training and passes into Knott’s Berry Farm. As I’ve mentioned we had a great time and experience with our dogs.
Did any of you attend the OCTA Bus Training this year? If so, let us know what you thought in the comment section below.