I wonder how many readers watched the Nature program on KET on Saturday night. Since October is "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month," I enjoyed watching the family select their new pup from the animal shelter and take it through obedience classes. However, I was very impressed with the early training of Judson, the golden retriever pup, who was bred by a guide dog for the blind school and loaned to a 10-year-old girl and her mom for a year.
I wonder if Danville would be a good training ground for such a pup. First, the mother would have to contact the various stores, restaurants and public facilities such as libraries to make sure the dog would be recognized and accepted. Of course, if the young person doing the training, was 16 or older, he or she would be able to make these contacts without mama's help.
The dog handler would have to search for such things as elevators and escalators as well as revolving doors for the dog. This would probably mean a few trips to Lexington for these training sessions. I would guess that it would take at least 15 to 20 minutes to introduce the pup to each conveyance and another five minutes for a quick, correct run-through before going on to the next lesson. Just the time involved would make this training program a family affair requiring a conference before offering to accept the pup.