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Apr. 14th, 2008

On Friday we drove up to CCI for my Team Training Workshop - a 45 day followup to Team Training for my entire class.

We passed our public access test again. I was initially nervous but it was clearly old hat to Hermione. Then my class with their families had lunch kindly provided by CCI volunteers and then a 1:1 training session.

The workshop increased my confidence. We're doing well overall. And we've improved a lot. Hermione does whatever I tell her. Sometimes she doesn't understand what I want but I'm learning how to make things clearer to her. All she requires is that I focus on her and initially position her correctly and control my energy level appropriate to the task.

We worked specifically on LIGHT where she turns the light on with her nose. She does it but scratches and I want less scratching. C installed a french door handle in our bedroom this weekend. Today she successfully opened the door and chained several commands together so she obviously knows the command.

After talking to the trainer...I also realized instead of SPEAK aka bark on command I wanted PHONE (get the phone) and GO TO C which are more effective ways to get help. She can already get the phone off the charger. Smart girl. She also knows if I stand on one end of the living room and C on the other she should go to him. Good for just two training sessions. But she doesn't connect the specific words to the actions. But that's a lot harder for a dog who after all don't use words.

What she does now is another post.


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Apr. 14th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
This is all so incredibly exciting.
Apr. 14th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, *KISSES* to Mione!!!!!! She is such a dear, dear, little 'poopie.'
Apr. 15th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you passed your test, and I'm really happy to hear that you and Miss Hermione are continuing to improve.
Apr. 15th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
I'm fascinated. If you have time, I'd love to see a post with a bulleted list of what tasks she does for you and what commands she knows.
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