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I am a male yellow Lab. My birth date is September 4th 2011. I am in training to be a guide dog for the blind. (guide dog school -Southeastern Guide Dogs) I'm my raiser's fifth guide dog puppy. She will keep me for (about) 1 year, then I will head off to harness training! Please feel free to follow my blog and keep up with: Brandon's Life... As a guide dog in training

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Rudy's 3rd Report Card

I just received Rudy's 3rd report card this morning :)
Seems like he's doing wonderful, and finally has all his boxes crossed off! Which hopefully means he'll be moving into "Phase 2" soon (he's currently in phase 1. SEGDI only has 3 phases, and once the dog is in training phase 3 he/she is ready and waiting to be matched with a visually impaired person. So phase 2 would be the "in between" stage. At least, that's what I've been told!).
I really enjoy reading the comments from the trainer, and how it seems Rudy is always moving at "top speed" during his training. I remember thinking that Rudy had the energy to run a marathon!
Some of you may think that with Rudy's "high speed" he won't make it as a guide dog, but as long as he minds what he's told... he'll be fine. Every dog has a different speed, and that is very helpful when it comes time to place them with people. You wouldn't want to give a fast paced person a "slow/easy going" dog - or the other way around.
P.S. Some of you have been asking me "When is Rudy going to graduate with a blind person?".
Throughout the entire training process, I'm still never going to know if Rudy will be a working guide dog... until he actually graduates as one (some dogs will be placed and start training/bonding with the blind person - and then end up getting adopted out as a pet due to a "sudden" training issue that occurs).
And for the answer "When is he going to graduate", that really varies on how fast they are advancing with their training. Normally it's about 6-8 months til they finish with their training. Once Rudy is in "phase 3" (if he gets there...) it could be anytime (following week/or month - depends on how long it takes to find his perfect match).
Enjoy the report card, and for anybody who didn't see my last post with news about a NEW PUPPY... please make sure to head over to read it!
Rudy's Raiser

3 comments:

Amber DaWeenie said...

I know you're very proud of Rudy. You will never forget each other.

Maggie Mae said...

YaY Rudy!

Mom and me is so happy day him is doin' so well. Thanks fur keepin' us posted on his progress. :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

We're always excited to hear how Rudy is doing.

We'll keep paws crossed and you in our prayers for a co sponsor.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog and his Human