Category: service dog in training

5 months -> 23 months

5 months -> 23 months

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I worked Fable without a vest in a very non-dog friendly spot for the first time yesterday. We just had our handsfree leash and head halter. We were in the grocery store and Fable adjusted really quickly and really well. He also walked handsfree next to me while I pushed the cart, something we haven’t done a whole lot of training with. I was very proud of him.

We were in the store for about 30-40 minutes, and we had three notable interactions. One, a random shopper, a middle aged man we passed, pointed at me and said very loudly “that’s a service dog, right?” And when I said yup, he said “that’s what I thought.”

We met an older woman who said “let’s have a look at this dog” while we were standing in line at the cashier. When she first said it, I shrugged and was prepared to ignore her as Fable wasn’t facing her anyways. But when she proceeded to say it a couple more times as if I was supposed to turn my dog around to face her, and when I didn’t she proceeded to leave her cart in line and attempt to walk around us to get into Fable’s face. I told her to stop and ignore, and she did the second time I asked.

And on the way out, we met a kid and his mother who talked about helper dogs. The kid tried to go over to Fable then and his mom stopped him before I had to. I was very grateful for that.

All in all, this is far from our worst public access experience in a grocery store, let alone overall. This is why I say that while vests and leash wraps and patches are nice to have and may help some public access issues, people are going to do what they want, vest or no vest. 

Hands free heeling in Stapes; Fable’s leash is…

Hands free heeling in Stapes; Fable’s leash is tucked between the counterbalance handle on his harness

Anyways look at these bros @powerfulexistance

Anyways look at these bros

@powerfulexistance

That difference tho

That difference tho

Another trip to the movies for Fable! He, like…

Another trip to the movies for Fable! He, like everyone close to me, must bear the brunt of my love of superheroes. This time, we went to see Justice League.

Here’s Fable, getting into the Christmas spirit, and modeling…

Here’s Fable, getting into the Christmas spirit, and modeling his new OneTigris vest, DannyLuann patches, and his @cricketpupdesigns pull strap and leash.

And if you’re wondering, no all those patches and that professional and serious looking vest does NOT stop people from petting. I caught one middle aged man in the middle of drive-by petting when I turned around from grabbing something off the self, and I had to slip by a kid reaching for Fable because their father said to him “look at the dog!”

Fable did great in both cases; he barely glanced at his drive by petter and I saw the kid coming so I was able to get his attention before that. The man was yelled at and the parents of the kid were firmly told to not let their child touch my dog.

Fable in his new OneTigris tactical vest and pull strap made by…

Fable in his new OneTigris tactical vest and pull strap made by @cricket-pup. I’ve also ordered some molle pouch attachments to go on the side, but those won’t get here for another couple weeks.

Trying to tell me something buddy?

Trying to tell me something buddy?

Fable in our YupCollars mobility harness 😊 Fable won’t wear…

Fable in our YupCollars mobility harness 😊

Fable won’t wear this to work in until he’s 18 months and his growth plates close, but I want to make sure he’s comfortable wearing it beforehand, so I’ve been having him wear it periodically.

This harness is made of gorgeous Italian leather and is lined with sheepskin. It has a semi rigid handle and in these pictures, has two pull straps attached. I won’t actually work him with two pull straps, of course, but I want him to get used to the feeling of them on his back. The leather one is made by YupCollars as well, and the purple one is cotton and is made by Cricket Pup Designs.

Fable, with his growing coat and maturing body, is between sizes right now, but the harness is very adjustable and will fit him nonetheless.