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Happy Belated Birthday, Sweet Saffy!!!

I hope all your wishes came true and that the next is is filled with lots of love and fun.

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Simon, I am so glad to hear the bell in the ball has worked for Saffy. Know my brother was able to do a lot with the same. Something I just thought of that could/might be adapted for her..going on the idea that by now her hearing and sense of smell is double a sighted dog, perhaps your new trainer can work from these areas. My brother went to a camp when he was a late teenager. There they were teaching the blind how to walk more normal (blind kids have a tendancy to lean forwards and keep arms out too stiff). They had poles set out much like an agility course. They attached BBQ chicken to each pole. John was told to weave , not using his hands around the poles by smell alone. He was able to do this easily! (couldn't believe it unless I watched it). He was able to find and step over jumps and find things in the training room, based on smell alone, he was also able to do the same course with sound (different levels for distance that changed sound as he neared). I know this sounds odd for humans, but it taught him to trust his sense of smell and hearing, to be able to judge distances based on smell and sound. I don't know why this couldn't be adapted for Saffy. She is a very smart breed and needs lots to do to be happy. I hope you are able to get her into this special training and KNOW she would love it. Please keep us abreast on her progress.

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