The toughest situation is when the elevator door opens to reveal another dog. It doesn't happen often, but, challenging as it is, I wish it would happen more, so that Freddie could get more practice staying calm.
No other dogs this time: :-) and :-(
Freddie and I are heading up Arbutus Street here.
Good heel position, Freddie!
Re. Freddie's service dog jacket ... I tend only to use it when we're in places where dogs aren't generally allowed (though Vancity is dog-friendly). It isn't necessary for his scent work that strangers know he's a service dog ... and I find he receives more disruptive attention when he's wearing the jacket than when he isn't. Ironically, more people try to pet him when his jacket is on, even though one reason for the jacket is to prevent people from treating him like a pet. Go figure.
This guy and his equipment were very interesting to Freddie. It took three passes before my "Leave it" had the desired effect.
Freddie scored a B on this one.
(A+ to the photo-man for capturing the cute little tongue)
Big fat F!
His expression and my position in the photo below might suggest I'm trying to restrain him, but in fact I'm praising him for finally managing to settle down.
Off we go again!
Not only is the entranceway to this store grate-free (more anon); I find the service a lot more efficient than the Kits store ... plus they know me and Freddie here and are über-friendly.
Down the skincare aisle ...
Good leave-it, Freddie!
Into a down-stay at the prescription counter
Holding the down-stay while Pharmacist Ali gets our stuff
Ali and Richard (featured in this post) are big Freddie fans. :)
Very challenging Leave-it aisle coming up ... candies and stuffed animals!
(Gawd, Heather, could you look like more of a schlump?! Good thing your dog is a sharp dresser.)
Freddie hasn't conquered moving escalators yet — in part, I suspect, because the steps are grated — so this stationary one was a very good starting place.
In this photo I'm getting out the heavy artillery: pieces of turkey wiener.
This first ascent was a little awkward looking but took very little coaxing.
No request for turkey until we got to the top!
Still happy going back down ...
Good boy, Freddie! Good jacket work!
Just a boring old plastic wrapper blowing across the sidewalk ...
You can ignore that — right, Freddie?
And that, dear readers, was Freddie's day of Public Access Bootcamp!
Thanks for coming along, and thanks to our man Flash for the photos!