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Old 12-19-2012, 07:37 PM
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I trained a puppy for the Guide Dogs For The Blind program a few years ago and am thinking about doing it again. The puppies do have vests that say Guide Dog for the Blind In Training on them when they go out in public. At least here in California, businesses havethe right to say you cant be here with your service dog, but it is fairly rare. The only place people really refuse is at schools, which is understandable due to kids could get distracted. So many people come up and would start petting Ariella without asking. I don't mind the occasional pet that the person asks for, but having people constantly coming up and petting her was a distraction for both of us. Ariella is a very friendly dog, and would always do her best to stay focused, but she was still a puppy and it was hard for her. It was amazing g the first time I put the vest on her, she knew it meant work and was on her best behavior (at 2 months old!).

As a side note.. ariella is my ironic dog. I was training her to guide blind people, but after I finished training her, she went back to the school, and they had a vet do a routine reexamine and they figured out she had a cornea disorder and was going blind! It would have been the blind leading the blind! I have her back now and she is turning 4 in a few days.
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I trained a puppy for the Guide Dogs For The Blind program a few years ago and am thinking about doing it again. The puppies do have vests that say Guide Dog for the Blind In Training on them when they go out in public. At least here in California, businesses havethe right to say you cant be here with your service dog, but it is fairly rare. The only place people really refuse is at schools, which is understandable due to kids could get distracted. So many people come up and would start petting Ariella without asking. I don't mind the occasional pet that the person asks for, but having people constantly coming up and petting her was a distraction for both of us. Ariella is a very friendly dog, and would always do her best to stay focused, but she was still a puppy and it was hard for her. It was amazing g the first time I put the vest on her, she knew it meant work and was on her best behavior (at 2 months old!).

As a side note.. ariella is my ironic dog. I was training her to guide blind people, but after I finished training her, she went back to the school, and they had a vet do a routine reexamine and they figured out she had a cornea disorder and was going blind! It would have been the blind leading the blind! I have her back now and she is turning 4 in a few days.
Awh, that's nice that they let you take her back in when they had to retire her.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:35 AM
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I felt horrible a few weeks ago, I was at a Hockey Game and my tickets are at the top row as I share Seasons Tickets with my Parents who are, to be polite Old LOL. Anyway, there is another row behind us for wheelchairs and such. Some girl came to the game and had a Service Dog with her, I make a rule not to touch Service Dogs so I just kind of looked smiled and turned my head back to the game. All of a sudden I feel something in between my arm and my body, I look down and there's a snout. The girl was horrified, and started apologizing, I said 'No Worries I'm a dog person it's fine" Few minutes later it happens again, now she's really upset, again I reassured her it was fine and stroked the dog a few times , but she was still a bit distressed saying she had the dog for 7 years, she didn't know why she was doing this etc.. Meanwhile I feel the snout go from in between my body too my pocket and "Bite" something and I started laughing. Make sure you take all your "Marker" treats out of your pocket before you sit in front of a service dog LOL. So problem solved, the girl calmed down, I made a new Puppy Friend and Zocha lost a handful of treats LOL. I will say though, as I wrote this I sure am glad the lady was Physically Handicapped, but Mentally fine, the possibilities could've been horrible .
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