A Grand Day at the GDUI Conference

Dallas is playing host to the American Council for the Blind annual conference and convention. Along with this conference, the Guide Dog Users, Inc. is holding their annual conference. The North Texas Puppy Raiser group is volunteering time to help out.

Marni and I ventured out to downtown Dallas today to put in our time. The conference is being held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. This is a Grand hotel. Lots of people of all shapes and sizes going to and fro. Lots of luggage carts going to and fro. Lots of elevator riding. And the hotel is now FULL of working guide dogs. Marni was over the top excited about the whole experience. She thought it was the biggest play date ever! Mostly she was very well behaved and tried to ignore all those working dogs. But it was hard for her.

Our volunteer time consisted of sitting in the hall near the elevators on the 7th floor and directing folks to the GDUI suite – kind of a hospitality suite. This was how Marni spent her day –

We took advantage of quite a bit of down time to practice some training drills –

Down and Under

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Down/Stay

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Sit/Stay

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Stand/Stay

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And she got a new toy for being such a good girl!

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It was quite an experience! We both learned a lot today! Yay for learning experiences!!

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