[VIDEO] Training A Guide Dog Is A Labor Of Love

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This video was about puppy Fauna training to be a guide dog.    Those who volunteers to prepare puppies to be guide dogs for the blind is truly doing it as a labor of love.  You know how special the bond is between you and your puppy.  Imagine building that bond with the knowledge that in about a year or so, you’ll be parting with this wonderful being as he continues his formal training to become a guide dog so that someone who is blind can live a more independent life.

This program has quite a support community.  All the puppy raisers are volunteers.  They receive a puppy who is around 8 weeks old, and their job is to teach the puppy good manners and basic obedience for about the first year of the puppy’s life.  They socialize the puppies, taking them to public places that are dog friendly, letting them interact with strangers.

Volunteer to train guide dogs

Dog Travel Water Bottle
Dog Travel Water Bottle

An article in Guide Dog shares that when they are around 13 or 15 months old, the puppies return to the campus for formal training as guide dog.  When these pups graduate as guide dogs, the volunteer puppy raisers are invited to the graduation ceremony so they can present the dogs they have raised to the person they’ll be helping.

You don’t need to have previous experience to volunteer as a puppy raiser.  In fact, you can qualify as early as 9 years old.  It’s all right if you have other pets in your home.  And if you can’t be a full time puppy raiser, you can still participate in the program, perhaps as a puppy sitter.  Puppy raiser often join local puppy raising clubs so they can share ideas, work on their training skills, and perhaps get together for the puppies to develop their socialization skills.  This program is available in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington.  You can read the entire article here.

Article source:  Guide Dogs


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