Puppy walking

An adventure in looking after a puppy until it is old enough to be properly trained as a guide dog for the blind.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Rockwell is still learning cause and effect but he already amazes me at what connexions he does make. For instance, when he is lying on the hardwood floor, he will gently push the Kong away from him and watch it roll in an arc across the floor, stop and roll back to him. Then he will push it again and watch it again. He will do this until he pushes it too hard or it gets stuck somewhere. I don't know if other dogs do this but I find it fascinating to watch.

This morning we walked over to the city hall and walked around the large reflecting pond. The fountain in the middle wasn't on so the water was very still except for periodically around the perimeter, where water jetted into the pond just under the surface. This made a disturbance on top of the water every 10 feet or so and Rockwell stopped in excitement at the first jet he saw. He wanted to go into the water to investigate but I didn't allow that - he is not supposed to go swimming as a guide dog. So we watched the water for a while and then I moved him on to the next jet, where he was excited again to watch the water. By the time we reached the fifth or sixth jet, he was all blase about it, having at least figured out that this phenomenon was normal for this pond.


At 10:27 a.m., May 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julia, Rockwell has become quite the handsome dog!! And powerful! It was fun to see how much he's changed since the winter.


At 1:16 p.m., May 28, 2006, Blogger JuliaR said...

Thanks Carmen, it was good to see you after the Winter too! He was always cute but I guess you are right - now he is handsome.

At 4:14 p.m., May 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I came across your blog while surfing. Rockwell is really cute. :) One question: Why is he not allowed to go swimming?

At 5:32 p.m., May 28, 2006, Blogger JuliaR said...

Anna, welcome to my blog! CGDB doesn't want the puppies to learn things that could potentially be dangerous to their blind owners later. If a dog learned he could jump in any body of water for fun, he might take it into his head to do that later. In the same fashion, they are not allowed to play with things like tennis balls - only Kongs which they would not likely see on a walk somewhere.

At 9:07 a.m., May 29, 2006, Blogger M-Fax said...

wow it has been some time since I checked in on rockwell, he looks to be doing great!

it was good to catch up.

funny how the weather changes, you spend less time at the computer.

At 9:20 p.m., May 30, 2006, Blogger JuliaR said...

MFax, I haven't been to a bunch of my dog blogs in a while either. I agree - it's much harder to sit at a desk when the sunshine is calling.


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