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Dublin recently had the opportunity to go to the Young Americans Christmas Show with another puppy raiser family. We thought it would be a great training experience for Dublin since we recently missed walking in the Downey Christmas parade. He had the chance to not only visit the Christmas show, but he also had the chance to stay with another family and interact with their pets and daily routines.
Not too long ago Dublin received his six month puppy evaluation from the Guide Dogs of America school in Sylmar, CA. When puppy sitter’s watch your pup they also fill out a short puppy sitting report. The GDA Puppy Sitting Report is great because it helps to show how your pup is progressing – the good and the bad.
Puppy Sitting Report
Here’s a copy of Dublin’s Puppy Sitting Report:
Puppy Name: Dublin
Puppy’s Age: almost 7 months
List any other animals you have in your home or encountered during the puppy’s stay: Austin (golden puppy), Christy (breeder), 2 Boston Terriers, Catlin (Puppy In Training)
What was the puppy’s reaction and how did he or she interact with those animals? Dublin reacted appropriately – excited and exuberant, but not out of control.
How did the puppy interact with other people such as elderly people and children? There were lots of elderly people in the audience who greeted Dublin. We worked on calm greetings. A bit “mouthy”
Where did you take the puppy? Dinner at Red Robins. Young Americans Christmas Show
The puppy’s overall behavior during the stay was: excellent.
What are the most positive traits/behaviors of the puppy? He’s adorable and wants to please
Do you have any concerns regarding the puppy’s behavior? none. He has a great puppy raiser and is a normal 7 month old puppy.
Check the commands the puppy knows: His/Her Name – X, Sit – X immediate, Down – X, Here – , All in progress (Come – X, Stay – X, Heel – X, Walking on loose leash – X)
How are the coat, skin, nails and weight? How is the puppy’s general health?
How much is the puppy fed? 2 cups / 2x a day
Comments: Thanks for letting us borrow Dublin. He’s a great dog and handled several strange/new situations well
We’re very proud of Dublin and his Puppy Sitting Report. As they said on the report “He’s adorable and wants to please”. We agree! We also had the chance to speak to Dublin’s puppy sitters. He is over exuberant when meeting new people and dogs, hes “a bit mouthy”, he played nice with the other dogs at their house, he handled new situations well. One funny thing we did notice was that for the command “Sit” it said “immediate”. We’ve noticed that Dublin does put his butt to the ground quickly when we say “sit”. We haven’t done anything different with his training. We think it’s just one of those commands he’s learned to respond to in a hurry.
I’m glad Dublin had a chance to stay with another family, work with different handlers, and situations. I’m sure it will help him become a better guide dog in the future.
Do you ever have puppy sitters watch your puppies or dogs? If so, do they fill out a puppy sitter report?
Thanks to the Guske family for taking Dublin for taking Dublin to Red Robin’s and the Young American’s Christmas show.
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