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    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.

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    I love watching dogs work like this. Especially Labs, who seem so serious when they're OTJ.

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    Its amazing. Seamus is used by the local Leader Dog organization. He has puppies in training right now.



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    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.

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    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...

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    dogs are so smart.

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    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...


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    It never ceases to amaze or move me when i see these dogs working, they are soooo clever

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    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
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    Those guide dogs are amazing & so are the people who raise them as puppies.

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