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Monday, July 2, 2012

Fun at the Park!

        We have been having a fun week with a little guest at our house.  Our friend's 2 year old is staying with us for a couple of days and tonight we took a trip to the park.  Fun was had by all and it was an excellent place to practice some of Churry's problem areas with Jumping On and being comfortable on moving objects.  I love this first series of pictures.  It really shows how her confidence grew.  She started off refusing to put a foot on the swinging bridge at all, but she tried it and by the end was confidently leading me across it.    We also practiced on a variety of surfaces tonight, practiced Sit/Stays with many distractions, and practiced heeling with me in some unusual positions.

This walkway had the grates that you could see straight through to the ground.  She's never had a problem with this type of things.

This is the moving bridge.  Each slat rotates back and forth and it has a very bouncy effect.  She didn't want to have anything to do with it at first.

Her confidence kept growing though and by the 4th time she led me right across.  We revisited it before we left and she acted like it was an ordinary sidewalk.

Practicing a Sit/Stay on an elevated surface with distractions.

Practicing walking calmly over an obstacle.

This was a very tricky obstacle.  It's like a moving balance beam.  Each of the sections moves up and down like a teeter totter when you cross it.  She practiced heeling a few times.

Then she was a very brave girl and walked it herself.  She didn't jump on it, but didn't fuss when I lifted her up, either.

I helped her walk a ways...

Then she was confident enough to finish on her own.  Good job Churry!

Pat thought he needed a turn too!

More Sit/Stay practice.

And getting a train ride with our favorite little engineer!

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