Phase 1

Casey – photo by Lisa Thompson

We got the phase report today and Casey is in phase 1. Now Casey is really learning how to be a guide dog. In this phase they cover:

  • Food Reward and Clicker Techniques
  • Obedience Responses & Teaching focus around distractions
  • Formal Obedience
  • Food Refusal Protocol
  • Socialization
  • Body Handling Acceptance
  • Introduction to the Harness
  • Treadmill Training
  • Pattern Training
  • Up Curb Exercise #1
  • Developing Physical Agility
  • Dog Agility Walk
  • Back Up Chute
  • Obstacle Course

I’m so excited that Casey is getting to learn all these things. I can’t wait to see the next phase report.

Phase 1

Banta

The phase report came out today and Banta is now is phase 1. I was afraid that she might be in phase 0 for a few weeks do to some glitch or that she would be transferred up to Oregon but she is staying in San Rafael. And she is actually starting to learn how to be a guide!
Here is a short summary of what she is learning in phase 1:

  • Food Reward and Clicker Techniques
  • Obedience Responses and Teaching Focus around Distractions
  • Formal Obedience (sit, down, heel, stay and come)
  • Food Refusal Protocol
  • Socialization (introduction to the training van)
  • Body Handling Acceptance
  • Introduction to the Harness
  • Treadmill Training
  • Pattern Training (a method of introducing guidework behavior in a positive manner.)
  • Up Curb Exercise #1
  • Dog Agility Walk
  • Back Up Chute
  • Obstacle Course