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Guide Dog Puppy Walking

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by SEVEN_PETS, Jun 14, 2010.


  1. SEVEN_PETS

    SEVEN_PETS PetForums VIP

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    Hey

    What is involved with doing puppy walking for Guide Dogs for the Blind? Do you have to pay any vets fees, food etc? Do you need to be trained to be a puppy walker? Is it ok to have another dog in the house? How much time do you need each day? What happens if you fail as a puppy walker, ie you change job and don't have enough time halfway through the experience?
     
  2. CarolineH

    CarolineH PetForums VIP

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    You take a puppy aged about 6, 7 or 8 weeks into your home and from then on you socialise it and get it used to all sorts of situations, noises, sights and sounds. They pay all the vets fees and for the food and they supply you with all the relevant equpment. You do not need to be trained as long as you have a basic up to date knowledge of how to care for and treat a puppy. A GDB trainer will visit you regularly to offer support and advice and of course see how the pup is doing. I don't know if it has changed now but you can have up to two dogs of your own as well as the puppy. You need plenty of time as obviously, the puppies training and socialising will suffer if you work full time. If you are unable to complete the puppy walking due to changed circumstances, the puppy will go back to GDB and be given to another fosterer instead - it's no problem.:)
     
  3. RAINYBOW

    RAINYBOW PetForums VIP

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    I met a guy recently who is doing this. They are on their 2nd pup now :)

    There is very certain criteria i believe for how they must be socialised and trained :) Must be hard to say goodbye after all the hard work :(
     
  4. luvmydogs

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    If you're thinking about doing it, remember there are other pups that need the same thing - eg dogs for the disabled :)
     
  5. kaisa624

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    I might once I manage to move out from the nest :) Give me something to do during the day, as my OH will be earning enough that I will only have to work once or twice a week and not many hours. However we're getting a new pup Dec, so would have to be next year.
     
  6. GoldenShadow

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    I know a lady who is doing this with a lab pup, can't remember who for though...she is about 8 months now and she's finding her really trying, lol!! She has to do number 2's on command and something like not on walks she has to be told to (think it may be for the blind actually now I remember). She said pup is actually pooping as she walks standing up etc and she's having to work so hard to try and get her to poop 1) on command and 2) not as they walk!

    Lovely thing to do but doubt I could give the pup back I'm too soft :laugh:
     
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