A  Training time for Woofability Dog, Snoop at ASDA

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Hmmmm Smells Good: Hmmm Meat

A  Training time for Woofability Dog, Snoop at ASDA last week. Walking down the meat isle and behaving impeccably is probably the most disciplined activity (apart, of course, from the Dog Food Isle!).  We always say that you cannot go anywhere quickly when a Woofability Trainee has their red coat on. This day was no exception.  We were stopped by four different people to ask about Woofability, including  one of the check out staff.  However, the fifth person has a Son who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy and had seen the young lad with his Assistance/Companion Dog on the Crufts TV show and she asked us if there was any possibility of her Son obtaining a dog.  She knew that it would help change his life. Sally put her in touch with Jenny and an evaluation meeting to see if this could be a suitable Partnership has been organised.  Just another illustration that the Dogs are the best and biggest advert for Woofability. They need to go everywhere with us: Well, nearly everywhere!!

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Training at Home

Waiting to be called through the door

Waiting to be called through the door

The washing is finished.  Let's empty the machine.

The washing is finished. Let’s empty the machine.

Lets us close the washing machine.  It is empty!

Lets us close the washing machine. It is empty!

Opening the cupboard. Breakfast is needed!

Opening the cupboard. Breakfast is needed!

The Postman has arrived!

The Postman has arrived!

Being a socialiser is fun as we have the companionship of some very well behaved dogs.  There is, however, a very serious side and that is continuing the base training each dog receives to ensure that they maintain and improve their skills.  Here are just a few of the “jobs” that we get help with.

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The Enthusiasm of Misty

We welcomed Misty to our home in April and this delightful young Retriever.  She was our 23rd Woofability Dog that we have had living at our home in the two years (and a little more) that we have been involved with Woofability. Misty is still quite young but enthusiastic about helping and completing her tasks.

Having said that, she still has her puppy side and is a delight to take out walking , whether to the river, common or beach to relax or playing with a ball in the garden.  More seriously on a practice for her future life where she is, normally, perfectly behaved she came with us everywhere we went, shopping, eating and visiting.

However,  just a warning for anyone thinking about becoming a Socialiser: It is very difficult to go anywhere quickly.  These Woofability Dogs are so popular.  We are regularly stopped to find out more about the dog: quite often because Children have seen them at their school doing a demonstration. Misty is great with Children as you can see in the photo with one of our younger grand children

This is a good game.  Can I play?

This is a good game. Can I play?

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Woofability dogs out and about with Bournemouth Collegiate School

Just a quick article for you to read from Bournemouth Collegiate School: What a great experience for all.

http://www.bournemouthcollegiateschool.co.uk/upload/files/the_best_in_everyone_12.pdf

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Woody in training

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Woody testing his skills at a crossing.

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2 Months with Snoop

We have been delighted with Snoop (seen in the photo with Woody.  Snoop is the lighter colour)

Snoop and Woody in the Garden

Snoop and Woody in the Garden

.  She is a lovely companiable dog that is also keen to practice work around the house, including emptying the washing machine, collecting the post, helping to set up the breakfast by opening and closing cupboards etc.  She has been everywhere with us to the Supermarket, restaurants, Castle Point, Haskins, Kingston Lacy and the Wimborne Folk Festival where she provided demonstrations with her “Brother” Jet by open washing machines, and drawers, taking off socks and make friends with all people, old and young, who dropped by to say hello. Happy Days.  Sally and Peter

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New Partnerships for Woofability

Woofability have now “completed the circle” by placing their first partnerships across Dorset and Hampshire.

Jenny Clarke says “ We are delighted to have placed our first seven dogs with new partners during the past three months. Bubba has been working with me full time for nine months and I know how much difference an assistance dog can make.

We will continue to transform the lives of more disabled partners in the coming months and years, our wonderful team of volunteers and sponsors have made everything possible. The past three years have been hard work for all of us but seeing our partnerships develop makes it all worthwhile.”

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