We started in the parking garage, where we reviewed the proper approach to going up and down stairs and riding an elevator. We also took some time to expose the pups to an escalator. We are NEVER to take our puppies on an escalator or moving sidewalk – that is advanced training that they will do once they go in for training. But we can get them used to the sound and motion by having them stand or sit on the platform by the escalator, as Marcy and puppy Hayden demonstrate.
The mall contains fountains, shiny stairways, second-level walkways with glass sides, a children's play area, and a ton of stores with different environments for our pups to explore. (Check out the Disney Store's sparkling floor!) Here is Mars (handled by Larry) enjoying another highlight: the glass elevators.
Another feature of International Plaza that is always a good exposure is the people who shop there. Here, Zoe is doing her best to promote the mission of Southeastern Guide Dogs while raiser Tonia gets to hone her public-relations chops. (That's puppy Nigel with new raiser Ellen in the background doing their part as well.)
When it was all over, Maggie was more than happy to go out to lunch.