Photos From our Service Dog Training

/Photos From our Service Dog Training
Photos From our Service Dog Training 2019-06-29T11:21:44+00:00

SUPER DOGS WATCH SUPERPOWER DOGS AT THE FERNBANK

Animals Deserve Better Inc |Paws for Life Service Dog Training took a field trip to Fernbank Museum. We wanted our handlers to see other working dogs and so we went to see the Superpower Dogs Movie at the Imax theatre. I thought it was a great idea and the dogs loved it too – service dogs and super hero dogs. The movie is fantastic, shows how dogs can find you in an avalanche, save wild animals in Africa from poachers, work with people who have disabilities, how dogs train to become part of an elite search and rescue team and also the coast guards highly trained water rescue group.  Not a sound was heard during the entire movie from our 10 canines.  We wondered through the museum playing pushing buttons in the Gigantic Fish exhibit and then went outside into the gardens. We found some areas on the raised walk ways to practice “paws up”, carry a dropped item of which Charlie with the Fernbank Brochure and Abi with her milkbone were impressive.  Arriving at a great wooded play area we practiced walking over a rope bridge ( the rope we balanced on was about 3 or 4 inches in diameter –  fantastic for core body workouts), crawling through a rope tunnel (easy for the dogs, we humans had to work at it) , climbing a metal (really tight and narrow) spiral staircase, climbing down and up through various holes cut into the play area and then out by a vertical ladder, and yes where we went we asked our dogs to go with us. Great agility and balance work was done by all.  Very proud of the whole group, its events like this and the unusual things we find to do that helps us bond with our dogs, bringing trust, expertise and loyalty for both handler and canine.

Animals Deserve Better | Paws for LIfe Service Dog Training at Fernbank
Animals Deserve Better|Paws for Life Service Dog Training at the Atlanta History Museum 2019

All day service dog training on how to handle your service dog in crowds including long down, sit and stand stays. At the Atlanta History Center we went through all the exhibits, then visited the farm while working with the service dogs on distance from sheep, goats, turkey and chickens. Got to scent vegetables too. Worked on loose leash techniques, front, back and pull, balance up steps, elevator technique and stairs.  We visited the Swan house and dogs were great staying on the path up and down stairs.  It had been warm outside so we went through the buffet line ate some bar b que  and drank water and tea showing off where to place your  service dog in an event style seating with tables of 10. Surrounded by multiple people and hundreds of children.  Some of us got to practice when our disability was unforgiving and made us remember why we have a service dog, all dogs performed in the midst of chaos with impeccable alerts.  We finished with a walk in the grounds, visited the Veterans Memorial, walked over bridges touching fake horses and looking for statues of animals amidst running water.   Ended the day with a great group photo taken by Stephen Shipman. . ..  . see if you can spot the dogs who are driving the car.  It was a great and successful day and I thank everyone for coming, training in all situations makes us and our dogs better partners.