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03:07 pm: Canine training: Week 7
We're all getting excited as the end of training approaches, though we do have a touch of trepidation about the validation test. Our instructor assures us that all of our dogs will do fine, but we can't avoid some anxiety.

This week we had an informal practice version of our official validation test. This gave us an idea of each dog's individual quirks so that we could spend time working to remedy any problems. We also took some time to go over details of handler issues that we need to work on ourselves. There are so many elements to think about, it's hard to keep them all in mind simultaneously while working.

We also took another trip to the airport, where the dogs were lucky enough to get a chance to smell actual contraband fruit brought in (and declared) by passengers. Another passenger helpfully volunteered to hold a handbag with target food inside so that the dogs had a chance to find something being carried by a stranger, which is hard to do at the training center.

Outside of class, there was a bit of drama among the hotel staff. One of the women at the front desk was fired for having a relationship with the manager. Yeesh, the things you hear when you stay at a place for months.

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From:megory
Date:March 7th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
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It's nice to hear of the confidence expressed by the instructor. Here's hoping Benny passes with flying colors.

How nice of the passenger to volunteer. I hope the pups were able to detect the target food.

Unfortunately the relationship incident is all too common almost anywhere we turn. Human nature, I guess.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 7th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
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Here's hoping Benny passes with flying colors.

Thanks! I hope so too.
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From:mangaroo
Date:March 7th, 2011 09:58 am (UTC)
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I'm really impressed by that passenger's generosity. Adorable dogs or not, all I want to do when I am in the airport is get home or get to my flight.

Best of luck to you and Benny on the exam!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 7th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
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Adorable dogs or not, all I want to do when I am in the airport is get home or get to my flight.

Well, we were at the baggage carousel, so at that point all the passengers could do was stand around waiting for their checked bags to appear. But it was still very nice.

Best of luck to you and Benny on the exam!

Thank you! We have another practice on Tuesday, and then the real thing will be next week.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 7th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
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One of the women at the front desk was fired for having a relationship with the manager.

But the manager wasn't? :/

Good luck on the upcoming test!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 7th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
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But the manager wasn't?

He is still working today, so I guess not.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 8th, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
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Ugh, that is really skeevy. I feel sorry for the girl who got fired. :(
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From:mangaroo
Date:March 8th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
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I want to contact her and make sure she understands her legal rights re: sexual harassment and discrimination. In any organization I've worked in, the supervisor would be fired for exposing the organization to a potential lawsuit.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 8th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
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I'm just hoping the other desk clerks got their story wrong and this girl quit because she found a job without a skeevy boss. And, because my head is full of rainbows and sunshine, her new job pays better, has more room for promotion, and she's about to meet a very nice person and they will fall in love and be happy. Or, maybe she will find her new job so fulfilling that she doesn't need a relationship.
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