We went to visit Grandma today. Kuno just loves her front door. He likes to be able to watch whatever is going on. He likes coming to visit Grandma in general though. Usually there's treats and pats on the head and even though she tries to be all taken aback because he's so big, secretly she adores him. She never knew Rottweilers before I came along and for some reason I thought they were bigen mean like the ones in the movies. Now she knows that we are nothing but big piles of love. That's why she lets us stay in the house.
I've been helping to train Kuno on single paw touches and two paw stands. We had fun with this. Sometimes he gets a bit excited and doesn't wait his turn but he's learning. It's important he learn about teamwork because that is really what a service dog and Handler are all about. It's not just someone knowing how to get the dog to do something and it's not just the dog knowing to do it. We need to be able to communicate back and forth with our Handler in multiple ways. We need to know what pull means go and what pull means stop. It's really teamwork. Even Kuno and I work together as a team and often go out together on either side of our person. We have to listen and feel for our signals very carefully so we know who is being asked to do what. Because we're training Kuno in handling we do many circles and figure eights and corners. With two dogs, we always need to be sure the one on the outside speeds up and the one on the inside slows down so there's continuity. We have to insure we both make the decision to turn the same way or it could be mildly disastrous. I suppose it's like that for people too, if you don't communicate clearly what you are doing and what you need, those that are on your team can't necessarily help you. And it's just as important that when need be, one person is able to speed up and the other slow down to accommodate one another. But most of all you need to be able to communicate what direction you're going to each other so you know who is going down the path with you.