I am in a "Down stay" with a "leave it" command.
For those of you who are just checking out this blog WELCOME!
This blog follows the life of a guide dog in training.
I raise guide dogs for the blind out of Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto FL (http://www.guidedogs.org/).
The past dogs I've raised are: Brax, Frankie, Toby & Rudy (click the links under the header picture to read more about each one).
I'm currently raising my 5th guide dog puppy "Brandon"
(male yellow Lab - D.O.B. 9-4-11), who I recived on October 30th 2011.
I will keep Brandon for about 12-16 months, then he'll head
IFT (In For Training) back to the guide dog school for 6-8 months of training (plus evaulations) with "professinal" trainers and hopefully will then graduate with a blind person. *Please note though, that only 1 out of every 12 dogs will get "Carrer Changed" due to medical/training issues* I do currently have a guide dog puppy down at the guide dog school (Rudy) who is in "phase 3" (last phase of training) and will hopefully get placed with a blind person soon.
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