Why is “the first time” and “a walk in the downtown area” that many guide dog candidate dogs have experienced? | Hint-Pot

Jennie with big round eyes is lovely[Photo: Hint-Pot editorial department]

Volunteer “Puppy Walker” who takes care of guide dog candidate Puppy (puppy). A picture of the Furusawa family who are challenging the Puppy who is entrusted by the Japan Guide Dog Association’s Japan Guide Dog Association “Guide Dog Village Fuji Harness” and the Puppy Walker who spends 10 months from 2 months to 1 year old. Delivered in a series. During this period, Puppy builds familiarity and trust in humans and learns the rules for living together in a human-centered society. Of course, the welcoming side is not all fun. This time, I accompanied a lecture for Puppy Walkers held by the Japan Guide Dog Association in Kanagawa Prefecture. What did Puppy learn from getting on and off the escalator and taking a walk in the crowd?

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Jennie sits down for the first escalator climbing experience !?

The lecture was given by Mr. Motooka, a staff member of the Japan Guide Dog Association. Mr. Furusawa and Jennie were given a brief note before the start. I don’t know how Puppy will react when I have my first experience. Therefore, for example, when you take a walk in a busy place for the first time, be careful not to be surrounded by many people and get excited and jump on the puppy, or to concentrate too much on the puppy and collide with the people around you. ..

Mr. Furusawa and Jenny (right) receiving an explanation from Mr. Motooka, a staff member of the Japan Guide Dog Association[Photo: Hint-Pot editorial department]
Mr. Furusawa and Jenny (right) receiving an explanation from Mr. Motooka, a staff member of the Japan Guide Dog Association[Photo: Hint-Pot editorial department]

As soon as the explanation was over, the escalator elevating training started. When I was a kid who wasn’t used to escalators, many people would hesitate because they didn’t know when to put their legs out and ride. The main purpose of the training is to overcome that excitement and let Puppy “experience” that “the escalator is not scary”.

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The first time, lift it up like a hug, get in together and experience going up and down. Get used to the existence of an escalator.

The second time, Mr. Furusawa gets on first, and Mr. Motooka goes up while guiding with Jennie’s lead, and then gets off in the same way.

For the third time, Mr. Furusawa took the lead and went to the escalator with the support of Mr. Motooka. Guide him to the escalator, saying, “Jennie, you’re not scared.” As soon as you get on it, say “Good!” And tell you that riding an escalator is “not scary, but fun with humans.” Still, Jenny’s waist is just because of his first experience. I repeated it several times and was able to ride smoothly in the 8th challenge.

Show off what you look like in the stair climbing training

Jennie is taken by Mr. Furusawa to practice climbing stairs[Photo: Hint-Pot editorial department]
Jennie is taken by Mr. Furusawa to practice climbing stairs[Photo: Hint-Pot editorial department]

The next training was to go up and down the stairs. In order to inform the blind and hard-to-see people who will walk together someday, “The stairs will start from here!”, I will teach them to stop at the first step of the stairs. It is also essential to slowly climb up and down while staying close to humans.

Of course, this time it is not a full-scale training yet, but the purpose is to let you “experience”. However, Jenny slowly climbing the stairs with Mr. Furusawa seemed to be very different.

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