Being unable to see is a challenging experience. Living life as a blind person can bring frustration and aggravation because they may not always know where they are going or what is going on around them. Often blind people desire to be independent, but lack the ability to live and travel on their own. Fortunately, there is a solution to this dilemma, without the help of another person. For blind people, having a specially trained dog to support them in their complicated day to day lives is a great option. The dog can encounter a wide variety of situations in its career. For that reason, it takes a considerable amount of training to become a guide dog and the dog must be strictly obedient. Guide dogs are not pets, but have a very important
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Puppies are a great deal of work and therefore planning ahead for their arrival is important. The breeding department and main kennels are kept separate from the brand-new litter of puppies. This gives the puppies a safe and sterile environment, preventing outside viruses and germs. “Female dogs are bred once each year, and male breed dogs usually are bred four times a year” (Halley 116). Breeding the dogs is done the natural way and is planned in advance to have an adequate amount of puppies ready to go to foster families. Dogs are usually bred at the guide dog program so that they know the dogs are coming from a safe environment. Sometimes they will allow dogs donated from other schools, but these dogs are watched very closely to ensure good health and attitude of the dog.
Puppy raising is one of the most important aspects for a puppy to become a guide dog. “When Seeing Eye puppies reach the age of 7 or 8 weeks, they are delivered to the homes of volunteer, foster families, who nurture and care for their charges until they are about 16 to 18 months old” (Seeing Eye). Dogs are most impressionable as puppies. This requires them to begin learning obedience and to be able to demonstrate exceptional behavior at a young age. Many organizations have a program for this part of the dog’s life. The people who volunteer to raise a puppy are called puppy raisers. Puppy raisers have the significant job of socializing and exposing the puppy to situations it