Even though Sparkle is still a sometimes-silly pup, it struck me at Tuesday's meeting that she is developing emotionally as well as physically. Watching her calmly waiting to go through her maneuvers during the puppy-circle training session, I could see right before me the Seeing Eye dog taking shape.
She's consistently performing the sit, down commands (the so-called puppy push-ups), where the pups perform three sets of sitting, then lying down, then sitting again. And her footwork on the leash is getting surer and surer.
I did have to separate her from a friendly German shepherd pup during the business meeting. She just wanted to play and play. So I moved two seats over, and she promptly fell asleep at my feet.
This morning, I took Sparkle and Porter (our former Seeing Eye pup) on their usual brisk 50-minute walk around the neighborhood, despite the rainy weather. One thing about those Labs and goldens: The rain just rolls right off their backs.