[nagdu] blazing trails with tails.

Shanna Stichler slstich at gmail.com
Sun Jul 21 22:55:14 UTC 2013

Hi Dan,

I think, for me personally, that getting sighted help with every single new route is not very practical. I do get a couple of O&M sessions when I first move to a new city if I can, but otherwise I learn new routes by taking the dog, sometimes using a GPS, bringing a cane, and just doing it. I have gotten very lost a few times, but since I have the skills to get myself unlost again, I actually don't mind too much. Getting lost can actually teach me some valuable things about the area I'm travelling in most of the time.

I think it's fine to learn routes with just you and the dog, but I would advise carrying a folding cane with you in case you need it to figure out stuff about the environment that your dog can't help with for whatever reason.

Shanna with Diamond

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On Jul 20, 2013, at 8:37 PM, "daniel" <gutz2020 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey guys, as yall know I'm going to be moving to a new town for college
> quite soon. While I was in training (I can't remember if it was an
> instructor or not) someone off-handedly said something like, always have a
> sighted person help you on a new route or something.I've always been a
> really independent person trying new routes and what not. I can understand
> getting some orientation help in a new place but for everything? How do yall
> feel about going new places without an advanced orientation session or such?
> Do yall usually stick to a preplanned set of routes or do yall sometimes go
> new places just for the heck of it? I'm asking this from a dog users
> perspective, how does your dog react on a new route or a place, and
> especially if any of yall have moved to a new city or home, how did yall get
> used to the new surroundings?
> Thanks,
> Dan
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