Guide Dog – Puppy Raiser
At our Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Club meeting, LEKC member, Ben Bond, with potential Guide Dog, Pixel, made a presentation on his experiences as a Puppy Raiser for Southeastern Guide Dogs.
Ben described his work making the puppy comfortable in a home environment, teaching basic obedience, providing real world experiences and positive social interactions that are the foundation for future training as a Guide Dog for the visually impaired. He explained that body handling and working on the puppy’s impulse control were imperative as well. It was fascinating to learn that a Guide Dog must intrinsically have, “Intelligent Disobedience,” not doing something it is told to do because it would be dangerous for the Handler and that a mere 35% of puppies who start training will eventually become Guide Dogs.
Ben’s inclusion of personal stories from his family’s experiences raising puppies for the Organization emphasized what a commitment it is and the sense of responsibility required by every family member to ensure the best possible outcome for the potential Guide Dog. His enthusiasm as he spoke was evidence that the rewards are great to anyone who undertakes the role of Puppy Raiser.
For more information about Southeastern Guide Dogs and the role of Puppy Raiser visit website: GuideDogs.org/RaiseAPuppy