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We recently had a great outing to San Clemente with our Orange County Guide Dogs of America Puppy Raising Group. It started at the Metrolink train station in the city of Orange, a train ride down to San Clemente, a walk on the boardwalk, lunch, and play time for our puppies. It was a great day and a super experience for all of our puppies in training.
Dublin had his first encounter with sand and he really didn’t know what to think of the next texture under his paws. Take a look at this weeks episode of Puppy In Training TV to see Dublin’s reaction to sand and puppy train outing to San Clemente.
Puppy In Training TV – Ep7 – Puppy Train(ing) Ride
Here’s this weeks episode of Puppy In Training TV. If you’d like to sponsor an episode take a look at the Puppy In Training TV Sponsorship page.
Puppy Train(ing) Ride
We tried to be funny with the title because it was Puppy Training and A Puppy Train Ride…anyhow here’s this weeks transcription. I hope you enjoy!
Happy Holidays everyone! My name is Colby this is Dublin. Welcome to our final episode of 2010!
(Titles Roll): Puppy In Training TV Starring Dublin. With Linus Aussie Mix Rescue. Also Colby The Human. And Stetson Career Changed Guide Dog. Episode 6 – Los Caballeros Tennis And Puppy Training.
Weclome to Episode 7 – Puppy Train(ing) Ride. We recently took Dublin on his first real train ride down to San Clemente. Our first stop was the Orange Train Station where we met the other puppy raisers from our group.
The Metrolink trains are much louder than the train ride we encountered on our trip to Knott’s in episode 4. The sites sounds and getting on and off the train are great experiences for our puppies, but this trip was recommended for our older puppies only. As you can tell the Metrolink moves pretty fast and Dublin did a great job just relaxing under my chair as did all the other puppies in our group.
As I mentioned we got on at the Orange train stop and took the Metrolink all the way down to San Clemente.
When the train finally came to a stop. We all worked on calmly getting off the train with our puppies. After exiting the train we walked along the boardwalk on the beach. While walking down the boardwalk we had the chance to get close to the water and watch some surfers. While watching the surf and the surfers. The train came speeding by.
After walking for about a mile we got to the San Clemente Pier and we took the dogs down to the end so they could take in the view. While looking into the water we noticed some dolphins off the shore. If you look closely you can see them off in the distance. I tried to get Dublin to take a look, but he just wasn’t interested.
We had a little extra time before lunch so we took the opportunity to take a few pictures of our puppies. After watching the dolphins for a little bit and taking a few pictures of our puppies we decided to head in and grab some lunch. During our lunch break all of our puppies absolutely knocked out underneath the table
After lunch we started heading over to the park and I noticed Dublin got excited when walking on the sand that’s something we probably need to work on in the future.
While we were walking towards the park the train came speeding by again. It blew its whistle and it scared the absolute poop out of me. However, it didn’t bother Dublin one bit. When we got to the park the x-pens were already setup and we let our puppies play for a little while. After running around and playing for a little while our puppies relaxed we took some glamour shots, and we prepared for our long walk back to the train station.
We got back a little early and stopped off at the coffee shop. Dublin knocked out and curled up into a perfect ball underneath my chair. It had been a long day for our puppies as we headed back to the San Clemente train stop. Dublin had one more chance to watch the train pull up before we all got on board and headed home.
Hey everyone! Dublin did awesome on his first train ride. The loud noises and speeding train didn’t bother him one bit. Thanks again everyone for watching Puppy In Training TV. I hope everyone has a fun and safe holidays!
A special thanks to Jan Brady for organizing all of our Orange County GDA outings this past year!
Our Final Thoughts On This Weeks Puppy Training Ride
As I mentioned in the video, Dublin did absolutely awesome on his first train ride. There were some very loud noises especially when the train blew it’s whistle. It was nice to hang out with all the other guide dog puppies in training on this outing. Everyone did very well! As I mentioned earlier the one area that kind of weirded Dublin out was the sand. It was his first steps on sand and it got him into a playful mood. However, I’m not too worried about it. Since this video was shot we’ve walked on sand a couple more times and Dublin did much better. I believe it’s just a matter of exposing him to different textures on the ground including sand. We also plan on testing Dublin in the snow sometime soon.
Thanks again for visiting our blog and please let us know if there’s something you’d like to see in one of our upcoming Puppy In Training TV episodes.
How about you? Have you taken your Puppy In Training on a train ride? How was the experience?