Winnie’s #BigSkool Update #4

*rushes in from clearing the mailbox* We have received a letter from Winnie’s Guide Dog school trainer !! *the fambly excitedly gathers around the breakfast table as Thomas rips the envelope open and reads the letter to them*


“To the Archers in the Summerhouse …
I am writing to update you on Winnie’s progress in her early training. She got used to the kennel routine quickly and enjoyed meeting the other dogs that came into the centre at the same time as her. Although she was initially shy around the centre, it took  less than a week to settle at home in her new surroundings.
She was confident out on the streets from her very first visit and has always been eager to be the first out of the van and get working. She began picking up the tasks quickly, which was probably due to her positive attitude and how much she enjoyed getting the work right.
Winnie has always walked at a comfortable pace with a nice level of tension on the handle, which will make her popular when the time comes for her to progress on to advanced training. She also accepted the full harness with no issues.
An issue I did have to work on with Winnie was her bird distraction. She does love her birds; initially it seemed she was trying to fly off with them. This has much improved by giving her tasks to focus on whilst passing them, such as sit wait or even using them as an obstacle. This enables Winnie to remember she has still got a job to do even when she is tempted to play with the pigeons.
One of the areas I am most impressed with Winnie is her behaviour in any social situation such as cafés etc. I have been in some situations where children have tried to get her to play with them, and even tempt her with toast, but she remains in her down stay regardless.
All being well Winnie will progress onto advanced training in May/June, but I will keep you updated on any additional information as I receive it. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work with Winnie, I look forward to working with her every day and she is a pleasure to be around.
from Winnie’s Trainer”

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jessie & Jane
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 07:59:18

    *Big sigh* paws to my heart … I am so very proud of our girl … elbow nudges Thomas to pass over the box of tissues he is hogging. Hey don’t blame me for Winnie’s bird issues … you know I’m not into birds! Must have got that from her father’s side of the family as Keely wasn’t into birds either and we all know how much Thomas loves “chook pooh”. Cops a gentle paw swipe from Thomas as we both break into hysterical (hold your belly type) laughter.

    I’m so very proud of Winnie and can’t wait to see her to concatulate her on such a wonderful report, xxx’s


    • puppynumber7
      Mar 28, 2013 @ 10:00:42

      *passes tissues to Jessie with a laugh* Winnie didn’t inherit my taste in chook pooh, thank heavens. But I think we p’raps shouldn’t have encouraged her to chase the seagulls at the beach? 🙂


  2. fiona christie (@555SMOKEY)
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 08:32:58

    Awww Winnie *birds* that’s what happens when you have the beautiful JJ as your nanny. MOL But well done Winnie. xxx


  3. Lily T (@LilyLuWhoT)
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 10:48:12

    *Leaky eyes* I’m not at all surprised that Winnie is doing so well at Big Skool – she’s smart as well as beautiful & has a kind heart! The bird distraction is a minor blip – Winnie is, after all, a playful pup still and she can’t be faulted too much for wanting to fly with them! Whoever Winnie ends up living with is going to be the most lucky hooman in the world!
    I’m so happy Winnie’s trainer is sending updates about her – I do miss our sweet girl so! Love all of you very muches! ((HUGS))


    • puppynumber7
      Mar 29, 2013 @ 06:45:18

      Thanks Lily *hugs* You are a treasure. We reckon Winnie will learn to control herself around the pigeons too .. she prolly just remembering all the seagulls we chased at the beach *chuckles* Tell you what though, we were very impressed that she turned down toast when she was working !! *proud papa* 🙂


  4. Bea
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 13:42:47

    I am so happy beyond words to read Winnie’s story. She has her Mama Keely’s and Papa Thomas’s sense of duty but playfulness. Iz done da same thing with da birds Winnie…you’re a dog..a labrador. Good for you. Hugs and luv, Auntie Bea


  5. Janis Felidae
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 17:22:37

    If there´s a word/expression missing in English, then it´s “hach” … it´s an expression with a warm, proud, lovingly, pleased (and many others) connotation, Germans use it if they feel touched but it´s beyond words

    *hach* xxx´s


  6. Gizmo
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 21:57:28

    What a super great report card…Young Winnie really is a star


    • puppynumber7
      Mar 29, 2013 @ 07:04:14

      Thanks Gizmo … we’re pleased as punch that she’s doing so well. And amazed that she turned down toast ! *laughs* Shows that she is taking her work seriously though, which is eggsactly purrfeck 🙂


  7. Pasikathleen stalker (@pasikas)
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 21:59:35

    Go Winnie…….such a clever and kind lass xx Auntypasihuggggs


    • puppynumber7
      Mar 29, 2013 @ 07:05:29

      Thanks Aunty *face licks* Not only is she gawgus, she’s very clever *proud papa* Keely & Mil began it all and did a wonderful job. I’m proud of all of them 🙂


  8. Global Dachshund Crossposting
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 01:07:06

    Oh my yes. Our Winnie is a star. She will make someone’s life beautiful again.


  9. mogsbear (@mogsbear)
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 06:52:38

    Big smile on my face cos Winnie is doing so well! Such a sweet,kind, caring girl – of course she’s doing well, hehe! Big huuggs and kisses! xxxxxxxxxx


  10. Indy the cat (@indykitty)
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 01:50:53

    there will be no need to #spankawinniebum at all. She is going to be a good guide dog for someone who needs her!


  11. @IcyPinkLemonade
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 18:08:15

    She’s growing up. *sniffsniff* I’m so proud of her, eager to work! *whispers* I don’t like birds either.


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