Since returning home last Thursday, Aries and I have been getting to know the neighborhood a little better each day. Walking sighted guide, she has followed my command to sit at curb-cuts while I heaped on the praise. We traced the route a few times heading left out the driveway, then a few more heading right.
Well yesterday, we advanced to the second stage, coaching. With Aries in harness, we walked the route together, a human coach behind my right shoulder so as not to distract my working dog. His job was merely to point out our errors, like an overstepped curb-cut or the reason for unauthorized sniffing.
Aries was a masterful guide!
She missed a couple of curb-cuts, but once we reworked these she sailed on like a pro.
And oh the feeling of freedom!
When we reached our front door at last, you can believe there was a whole lot of whooping and wagging!
We’ve only been home a week, and I can’t imagine walking anywhere without her.
*4 doggy pawprints beside 2 human footprints*