Addition to Faith

Just wanted to share an example of how these dogs are trained. In this video clip is Simba, one of our pups after 15 days of training back at the Seeing Eye HQ. It was especially impressive (in the video) when he was at the orange cones. Some of the dogs adapt more readily, he was one of them. He has been matched and is now living and working in Manhattan. Only about 60% of the puppies raised end up going into guide work. They can be found unsuitable for any number of reasons-physical, timidity, lack of confidence, specific fears.

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~ by victry1 on March 16, 2010.

10 Responses to “Addition to Faith”

  1. The training in these dogs are just amazing…dog really is man’s best friend!

    • It is awesome to see these dogs in action. The trainers are so good. It’s an encouragement to me to know the trainers can “undo almost anything”. haha..

  2. It must be bittersweet to raise and train a dog and then have to let go, even knowing how much he will mean to someone who needs him.

  3. Props to you. I don’t know if I could training a dog and have to let it go. Even though it is for a Nobel cause. I think my heart would brake every time. I definitely would have to concentrate on the fact that they were going to help some have a better life. People who think pets are just pets have no idea. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Thanks for stopping by Penny. It is hard, but, then again, there’s a lot of hard things in life. When I start feeling bad about it, I just think of what our service men and women give up. Now, that’s hardship!

  4. How wonderful — the dogs and their trainers! Thanks for sharing this.

  5. How did I miss this? Very inspiring, a gift in so many ways…

    • Truly awesome, Ellen. Maybe this year I will record one of the blind speakers speaking about what the dogs mean to them and different ways they have helped them. Makes you want to get another pup that day!

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