Congratulations to Claudine and beautiful Lexie, who passed their Public Access Test today!
Claudine suffers from PTSD, panic attacks, several ruptured discs in her back, and asthma.
Claudine has been working tirelessly with her Labradoodle, Lexie, for around 2 years, training for this very day!
First, we started at Target. Lexie unloaded from the car on Claudine’s command, waiting with the door wide open. Walking across the car lot with moving traffic was not a problem for Lexie, who stayed close to Claudine and walked steadily beside her in a perfect heel.
They both entered the building with Lexie responding to Claudine’s instructions, Lexie held perfect position behind the cart. Then, Claudine demonstrated for me ‘Leave it,’ placing food very near Lexie, who completely ignored it.
The team walked through a maze of obstacles, and Lexie stayed in a perfect heel following Claudine’s movements as they weaved through.
A distraction was made by me as we walked around, clattering some pans together nearby, but Lexie kept to heel and focused on Claudine the whole time.
Three types of sit were demonstrated perfectly by the pair, along with sit and stay and down and stay at at least 10 feet lengths, which Lexie performed beautifully. A stranger approached and asked to pet Lexie, and Lexie stayed in sit while petted and remained so the entire time.
Then, after a well-controlled load back into the car, we drove to Petsmart where Claudine and Lexie were asked to walk by pets and birds. Lexie went by completely ignoring them, and at one point, Claudine sat her down right by some cats, but Lexie paid no heed.
Then, finally we drove to a cafe, where Lexie showed how she lays quietly under a table in a perfect down.
But its not over for these two! Claudine now wants to perfect her three tasks and has asked me how to teach Lexie how to retrieve things, which of course is one of my specialties so will be happy to oblige!!”
AMAZING, AMAZING WORK CLAUDINE AND LEXIE!! YOUR BOND AND EXTENSIVE LENGTH OF TRAINING TOGETHER HAVE PAID OFF IN SPADES!! SO PROUD OF YOU – AND PROUD OF YOU, TOO, DEAR TRAINER, CHERRY!!!