“Tributer, the Golden Retriever is growing up fast and developing into the most beautiful young dog of six and half months. His puppy ‘parent’, Alice, says he is still a joy to have around, which is saying something as, like most dogs his age, he is approaching the more challenging teenage stage for puppies. Tribute still attends weekly puppy classes where his progress is watched with a keen eye by the trainer, Heather. He is learning more commands and having them reinforced regularly so they become second nature to him.
One of the things the puppies are taught early on is to settle quietly on a mat beside their puppy parents so that when they will be out with their disabled partner in the future, they are not fidgeting or causing problems. Tribute, when he is fully trained and matched to someone with a disability, will accompany them into public places where pet dogs are not allowed to go – food shops, restaurants, entertainment premises – so he must be able to lie down quietly for as long as is necessary without causing any fuss or noise. Alice has been practising with Tribute, taking him to talks, and he settles nicely beside her. Recently they visited a couple of primary schools, and Tribute was very gentle and patient despite all the little hands that wanted to stroke him!”