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Guest Post: Guide Dog Awareness

Posted Jan 12 2012 6:16pm
Hopefully you'll be glad to know that the monthly guest posts are still happening in 2012. The first one of the year comes from Allison, who is raising her fifth guide dog puppy. Check out her post and find out more by visiting
her blog.

 
Thank you so much to Jenny, for letting us be a guest blogger!Most of you guys have seen (or heard of) a guide/service dog. Some of you may have family
members or friends that use a guide/service dog. But do any of you know the extensive training that goes into those wonderful animals?
I do because I help raise & train them.I open my home up to a cute little 9 week old pup (from
Southeastern Guide Dogs
), and for the following year, I will raise & train the dog, having him/her with me 24/7. Making sure to keep in the back of my mind, that once the time
is up... the dog will head back for "further" training, and then hopefully be placed as a guide/service dog. Which means, this dog was never mine in the
first place - I'm just someone in it's life, that will put an imprint on his/her heart and help it get on the long road, to hopefully becoming a guide
dog. Our blog (okay...
Brandon's blog
) is about the life of a guide dog in training. If you decide to follow his blog, not only will you be following "a guide dog puppy's adventure" you will
be following a blog that explains and shows the extensive training put into these wonderful dogs and the amazing outcome once they go back.    Though Brandon
is still quite young, training does start early, so Brandon already has most of the basic commands "under his belt" (sit/down/stand/stay/come/etc) he
will soon start using & learning the basic guide dog commands (find the door/switch/heel/forward) and much more. To mix things up a little, I have also
started teaching Brandon "ASL commands". Brandon adores learning sign language, and he soon will be doing ASL just as well as a regular command! Brandon
does go everywhere with me (shopping/church/meetings/college/etc) and he really enjoys working. We also attend monthly guide dog meetings, where other
dogs in the group are also in training to be guide dogs.Brandon is a 4 month old male yellow lab. His favorite chew toys are nylabones... and boy does
he like to listen to the sound of them being dropped on hard surfaces! Brandon really enjoys going on walks, and is already doing a great job at maintaining
a "loose leash". Brandon is the 5th guide dog puppy I've raised for
Southeastern Guide Dogs
, and though it's a roller coaster ride, I truly enjoy every second with these puppies! Questions are always welcome over at our blog, some people may ask
training questions - others wonder about certain "guide dog rules" we follow, either way, we really enjoy answering them all!If you are interested in the
training that goes into these pups, feel free to stop by
Brandon's blog
, we always enjoy new visitors!
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