I work in a university setting and I see a lot of people who are vision or otherwise impaired with guide/assistance dogs. I am always amazed at what they can do to help their owners. Today I saw a black lab pup with a young lady, she may have been training him but he didn't have an in-training vest on, just the harness that I have seen for the person to hold onto. Anyways, she was educating another student about the dog and telling him he couldn't be pet b/c he was working. The dog was a chubby pup and so cute...I am sure he is a wonderful addition to her life or if in-training will be to another person.
Just thought I would share.
I love watching dogs work like this. Especially Labs, who seem so serious when they're OTJ.
Its amazing. Seamus is used by the local Leader Dog organization. He has puppies in training right now.
♣ Laura ♣
I was in the LL Bean store in Freeport, ME last year and they were having some kind of training program. There were about 10 people with assistance dogs-in-training walking around shopping. They were doing all sorts of maneuvers within the crowd, at the stairs, at doors, etc. It was really amazing to watch. I don't know if it's common practice, but the people in this group were all using clickers.
I was in Barnes and Noble about two weeks ago and saw this black lab I'd say under a year old that was being trained and it was being soooo good...I was great...
dogs are so smart.
I used to work for CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) and I would see seeing eye dogs on a regular basis. I loved the labs the best - because they were so obedient, but every once in a while they would look at you with that look in their eye like they wanted to come say hi/play with you so badly. The best was when they'd be allowed to play. One dog in particular just rolled right onto his back almost immediately asking for a belly scratch.
The seeing eye dogs are the reason that I got myself a labby. It's amazing - really really amazing. Actually organizations like PADS are always looking for volunteers so if any of you are keen you should look into that...
It never ceases to amaze or move me when i see these dogs working, they are soooo clever
"some days you are the dog, some days you are the tree!"
Kate mom to Jed Jasmine and Joelly
We adopted Sundance from a guide dog facility, so I've got a real soft spot for guides in training. I've seen a harness removed from a dog who was working, and it was like flipping a switch. One minute he was standing alert, looking straight ahead, and the next, doing a wiggle-butt routine and interacting with people around him.
It's amazing how much help dogs are for people who need assistance.
I also really admire puppy raising folks. It takes a lot of strength to give up a puppy after raising and loving him/her for so many months.
Laura, mom of Sundance, CGC
Those guide dogs are amazing & so are the people who raise them as puppies.