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It’s important for us to take our guide dog puppies in training out and about exposing them to different people as well as different situations. Dublin and I rode the metrolink to San Clemente back in Episode 7 – Puppy Training Ride. Today in Episode 14 we had the opportunity to once again ride the metrolink train, but this time we took it north to the Union Station in Los Angeles, CA. Not only did we ride the train, but we also had the opportunity to ride the tram and bus on our way to the Universal City Walk…you could call it a “Transportation Puppy Training Day!”
We found our train, tram, and bus riding experience to the Universal City Walk to be invaluable. It’s very important to expose our guide dog puppies to public transportation as it’s one of our pups likely modes of transportation when they become working guide dogs.
Anyhow enough jabber…on with the show!!!
Puppy In Training TV Ep14 – Trains, Trams, Buses, And Puppies
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Trains, Trams, Buses, And Puppies Transcription
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I hope you’re enjoying my great camera work of the incoming train and the headless Dublin 🙂 Anyhow…welcome to the latest episode of Puppy In Training TV
Guide Dog Puppy Training Starring DUBLIN
With Linus Aussie Shepherd Rescue
Also Colby The Human
And Stetson Career Changed Guide Dog
That train you just saw speeding by was the Metrolink. We hopped on the Metrolink in Orange with our GDA pals and headed off for an adventure to the Universal City Walk in Los Angeles.
In episode 7 we took the metrolink south to San Clemente and visited the beach and walked the pier. This time we took the train north to the Union Station in LA.
After exiting the train we did a head count. Yuki…Check, Dublin…Check, Baron…Check, Wriley…Check! Then we headed through the tunnels to meet our tour guide.
All of our pups did really well riding the train and walking through the train station. As you can see and hear their are tons of strange sights and sounds not too mention the different smells.
Our second leg of the trip was to hop on the tram. It was a little bit cramped in their with people and pups, but Dublin got comfortable in a down-stay.
After exiting the tram we had a great opportunity to walk up a long flight of stairs. As you can see Dublin was a little bit eager, so I did my best to slow him down and keep him in a nice heel position.
Once we reached the top of the stairs we saw a sign to our final destination the Universal City Walk, However, we still had to take the third leg in our public transportation training trip…a short bus ride to take up the hill.
After a train ride, a tram ride, and a bus ride we made it and gave our pups a chance to pose out in front of the famous Universal Studios rotating globe.
The Universal City Walk was pretty crowded with people with lots of noise and activities going on. Our first destination was the Karl Strauss Brewing Company for a bite to eat.
After relaxing and having a bit of food we came downstairs and let the puppies hang out by this interesting water fountain.
As I mentioned the Universal City Walk was crowded! But there was tons of different things for the pups to see, smell, and hear.
A Giant Gorilla…A Giant Guitar….Some crazy Dancers…And Skydivers floating around in a giant tube. Now those are some things you don’t see everyday!
Baron even got to check out a little yapping puppy.
On the way out Dublin thought it would be a good idea to hang out by the Sparky’s Mini Donuts….so we went ahead and bought of few…Sorry Dublin donuts are for the humans…
After a long day we started our bus, tram, and train ride back home.
When we finally got back on the metrolink Dublin absolutely zonked out. Then when we got in the car he squished his head between my backpack and the chair and started snoring away.
Thanks for joining us on our Train, Tram, and Bus Ride to the Universal City Walk. We’ll see you next time!
Our Final Thoughts On Trains, Trams, Buses, And Puppies
You may have noticed in the video that Dublin was a
tad bit eager. In fact, he was probably on his worst behavior, constantly pulling and trying to move out in front of me throughout the day. Fortunately, about half way through the day Dublin started behaving more like a normal guide dog puppy in training. However, today’s trip to the Universal City Walk was definitely one of Dublin’s worse outings.
Why the change in Dublin’s behavior? I’m not really sure because we have been on many outings before with other GDA pups and he’s behaved just fine. He wasn’t fearful and the sights, sounds, and smells didn’t seem to bother him. He seemed to be dog distracted more than anything and had an extra dose of energy pulling towards our other guide dog puppies in training. Hopefully Dublin will adjust and mature a little bit more before he starts his formal guide dog training at school. Since shooting this puppy training video Dublin has definitely shown improvement and this seems to have been a one time event. As I mentioned I’m not too sure what happened…I guess he was just having one of those crazy days.
Have you taken your puppy in training on a train, tram, or bus. If so, how was the experience? How did you puppy handle all the different sights, sounds and smells?
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