Friday, January 13, 2012

Cold Rain and Snow

This morning I discovered that Vinson's distracted attraction to blowing leaves works with blowing sleet and snow as well. As we rounded the path at The Seeing Eye on our morning walk the wind came whipping across the open field and it began to sleet and snow (Vinson has a knack for timing his outside time around wild weather, a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed by my smiling coworkers). Surrounded by swirling flakes, Vinson began attacking each one as it contacted the path, shifting his focus from one to the next in rapid succession.

While a bit of this is typical puppy behavior - especially given that Vinson has only experienced snow one other time so far - we do not want these simple distractions to continue; being overly distracted is a common reason for dogs not continuing through guide training.

Through consistent correction and praise we'll continue to work on distraction issues every time they arise.

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