18626
Santa Rosa
Heroic Hounds — Share the World of Canines With Your Grandchild
Alongside your grandchild, learn how service and guide dogs are trained, cared for and used for therapeutic healing, and take home the knowledge to make your dog a well trained friend.
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Program No. 18626RJ
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5 days
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Santa Rosa, California
D
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a buffet, with a rotating menu each evening of salad, entrée, sides, dessert, and choice of beverages; coffee, tea (hot and iced), milk, soda or water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Have fun as grandparents and grandchildren introduce themselves in a session we call Crossing Points. Discover what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning. Settle in and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Guide Dogs for the Blind, Bergin University, Pet First Aid
Santa Rosa, California
B,L,D
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa

Activity note: Walking distances up to 1/2 mile; Standing for periods up to 1 hour.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, select an entrée from our limited breakfast menu and a beverage of coffee, hot tea, juice or water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Morning: We’ll depart the hotel via private motor coach and head to Guide Dogs for the Blind, one of the leading guide dog schools in the country. We’ll meet with a docent for an introduction and expert led visit of this unique school. These highly trained dogs serve as a vital lifeline and friend for individuals who are blind or have low vision.

Lunch: Enjoy a buffet meal at a popular family Italian restaurant in Rohnert Park. Lunch will include salad, penne pasta with pesto, 3 types of pizza, breadsticks with dipping sauce, dessert and choice of soda, iced or hot tea, milk, or coffee. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: On the private motor coach, we’ll head to Bergin University of Canine Studies to learn how people are taught to train dogs. Led by one of the Universities trained volunteers, we’ll receive an introduction to the unique University as we journey across the campus, learning who they are and what they do. Following a quick video, we’ll receive a training demo and an opportunity to pet a puppy or two while on campus. During our visit, grandchildren with have an opportunity to observe training techniques and learn how to apply them to their dogs. The only school of its kind, Bergin University offers a variety of classes and seminars focused on training and caring for dogs.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: We’ll be joined by a local specialist and his canine partner for an interactive lecture on pet first aid.

DAY
3
Dog Agility & Herding, Canine Companions for Independence
Santa Rosa, California
B,L,D
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa

Activity note: Walking distances up to 1/2 mile; Standing for periods up to 1 hour.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.

Morning: From the hotel, we’ll ride on the motor coach to visit Agility Acres Recreation Facility, also known as AARF!, a local dog agility training facility. Not only will we be treated to a presentation about the sport of dog agility and how it is trained, but we will also be given the opportunity to run a trained dog on some agility obstacles. Afterwards, a quick ride on the motor coach will take us to AARF!'s sheep dog training facility, where we will have the opportunity to meet the sheep and their guardian llama, Jerry, and witness Border Collies working the flock under the direction of their handler.

Lunch: Poolside at the hotel, enjoy a sub style sandwich, salad, chips, dessert and choice of beverage; soda, lemonade, punch, iced tea or water,

Afternoon: Via motor coach, we’ll travel to the local PetSmart store to purchase toys. The toys will be donated to the Sonoma County Humane Society during our visit tomorrow. Next, we'll visit the Canine Companions for Independence campus for a walk led by a trained volunteer. Shortly after arriving, one of the CCI’s professional dog trainers will lead a quick demonstration of their training and teamwork with the dogs. The CCI provides highly trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge. They train four types of assistance dogs to master over 40 specialized commands: Service Dogs, Skilled Companions, Hearing Dogs and Facility Dogs.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At the hotel, we’ll meet a Canine Companion Graduate and her service dog. Working together as a team since February 2012, the service dog has learned about 40 different commands to help her owner with daily activities. Together, they will demonstrate some of these commands and tell you about their work together.

DAY
4
Sonoma Humane Society, Charles Schulz Museum
Santa Rosa, California
B,L,D
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa

Activity note: Walking distances up to 1/2 mile; Standing for periods up to 1 hour.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.

Morning: From the hotel we’ll ride via motor coach for a visit at the Sonoma Humane Society, which serves as one of the primary animal centers in Sonoma County. The center offers medical treatment, training, and adoption services for dozens of animals in a clean and modern facility. Spend time holding, petting, and playing with the animals. We'll donate the cat and dog toys purchased at PetSmart yesterday. Next, head to the Charles Schulz Museum. Dedicated to the man behind Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and Peanuts, the museum works to keep the cartoons alive and teach the role that Charles Schulz had in the cartoon industry.

Lunch: Pre-order from the Warm Puppy Cafe menu which offers a choice of sandwiches, salads, burger, desserts and beverages. Pay with a voucher and eat lunch at the Café at Snoopy's Home Ice in the Redwood Empire Ice Arena.

Afternoon: View a Charlie Brown or Charles Schulz themed film in the Museum Theater and work on a craft project at Museum before returning to the hotel for pool time.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Enjoy the movie "Underdog" about a bomb sniffing beagle that develops super powers and must use them to defeat the evil scientist.

DAY
5
K-9 Unit Visit, Program Concludes
Santa Rosa, California
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.

Morning: At the hotel we’ll be visited by a K9 Unit. These dogs are specially trained to work with the police as a partner and a teammate. They are trained to sniff out drugs and explosives that police would otherwise be unable to find. This concludes the program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!