[nagdu] Pace issues

Kerri Stovall spedangel84 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 4 11:51:10 UTC 2014

Good morning,
I'm not sure if this is exactly what is going on of course, because I'm not there to actually experience it, but my first guide had the same issue. The instructor told me that sometimes dogs get bored with the same routine if you don't spice it up a bit. Like I said I'm not sure this is exactly what the issue could be, but it's just a thought. Not sure if there is a little different route you could take, but I know sometimes dog guides get a little bit ho-hum about the same routes if you take them all the time. This is not with every dog, but I do know that some experience this.

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> On Sep 3, 2014, at 8:41 PM, Aleeha Dudley via nagdu <nagdu at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I have recently noticed a strange issue with my guide. It mostly occurs on the three blocks starting out my route, and the same three blocks going back home. There are a few decent cracks in the sidewalk, but it's not bad. My dog is really slow, and doesn't seem to want to pick up his pace. He is fine once we get to the main street of town usually. I don't know what is going on, but, this evening, my route only consisted of those few blocks, going up to the ice cream shop, then back home. He was really sluggish, and took a lot of encouraging to keep moving. He seems to be feeling well, eating well, and drinking well. During the last couple of days, he has started eating the bushes, or attempting to eat them, on the side of the sidewalk, even with a gentle leader on. There are no dogs around, that I can hear, and he is not giving that signal. Every time I check on where his head is, he seems to be looking slightly to the left, and sometimes he looks downward a little. Does anyone know why this might be? I'm confused and concerned, as he seems hesitant, but I have not fallen on any of those blocks before. And, it used to be that he would just move really quickly down those sidewalks and get to the house just fine, pausing for the cracks, as he knows I'm a bit clumsy. :-) any suggestions would be great.
> Thanks,
> Aleeha and Dallas
> Sent from my iPad
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