I got my medical alert dogtag today ^__^
I have a few medical alert wrist bands, one for bipolar / psychosis with my partner’s number, one that has detailed info on a USB stick, and then this dog tag which simply lists some of my conditions.
We take safety very seriously and, as any these conditions can result in my wandering, being confused and / or acting weird, it’s good to clearly get across to police or paramedics that I have these illnesses and here’s who to contact 🙂
Also, guess who has done awesome today?
THIS LITTLE DOG!!
We’re beginning public access work, which means we’re inching towards taking Pixie into shops and really beginning to work her in public.
Tonight we went to our local supermarket, and my partner went in to buy some shopping whilst we stayed outside and worked. Weeks ago I wouldn’t have been able to go anywhere near a supermarket, and I definitely couldn’t have been left on my own. Woohoo 🙂
It’s a great place to practice, around the side of this shop.
Through the windows Pixie can see every shopper and staff member, going about their business. To start with I rewarded her for calmly watching, then coming away, and finally sitting and focusing on me whilst all that was going on too.
We did directional work (“this way Pixie”), focus work, impulse control, desensitisation, getting used to sights, sounds, lighting etc.
There was a gridded floor with a plastic bag / sheet stuck in it, flapping noisily in the wind. We did some great counter conditioning with that 🙂
Lots of focus by the window, by some dropped food, by the trolleys…
We ran through some games which were actually awesome training opportunities (because y’know, training is fun 😀 ) – we had the ‘follow me’ game where I would run and Pixie had to follow and catch up, earning a click when she got to me.
And we had the sit game, where she had to sit & focus on me, then I would toss a treat a few feet away. Pixie would run to the treat (which I’d always throw towards the biggest distractions) and after eating it she would run back, sit, and repeat.
Both games were obviously instilling great responses in Pixie – if I move quickly away, follow me. Even in the face of distractions, coming back to mum (me 😛 ) is always better and more ‘fun’.
So yeah, I consider it a really good outing 😀
We also did a fair bit of work around automatic doors, because within the next few days (or week, seizure and mood depending) we will be trying to walk Pixie through an automatic door and do some training in the entrance way of our GP surgery / pharmacy. The pharmacy is often open until 11pm, so I figured it would be a great quiet place to start proper public access training, around the waiting room, on the shiny floors etc.
Oh, this is when ‘daddy’ was paying and Pixie was getting all excited XD
Um…so yeah. Apologies recently if readers are getting bored of hearing me talk about seizures and doing assistance work with Pixie, it’s just kind of my whole life at the moment haha, and I don’t have energy for much else 😀
However if you head on over to Much Loved Mice I did post a lot of baby pics today and it doesn’t get much cuter 😉
Finally, Enzo has turned into SUCH a cuddle cat recently. I’m not sure if it’s because he’s maturing (he’s what, seven months old now?) so that playful kitten energy is fading. He still has mad moments of playing with Pecan, but most the time now he just wants fuss, and love, and to lie close.
Pecan on his part seems to find this incredibly annoying and has been much more vocal recently – I actually had a sudden realisation today – is he sad because Enzo doesn’t play as much anymore, and so Pecan needs more mental stimulation?!
My partner played so much with Pecan today and whaddayaknow we have an extremely happy cat now. It’s been so long since we played with the cats, because pretty much ever since Pecan came home they wanted nothing to do with us and toys, but just wanted each other!!!
Playful Pecan…and the other two XD