The first day the GDMI and dog arrive is considered Day 1 of training. Most students do not work the dog on the day of arrival. Instead, they take the time to get the dog acclimated and relaxed.
The first routes with the dog will be easy walks to nearby destinations or a stretch of sidewalk or bike path, depending on the environment. Later, the training will progress to more demanding environments or routes. The student will also revisit previously learned routes and destinations, ensuring the dog retains them.