Monday, March 21, 2011

Guide/Service/Assistance dogs

Service dogs are one of the best gifts you could give someone.. A mobility dog, seizure alert dog, blind service dog and many others.
Most service dogs start of as puppies placed in foster homes till they are old enough to begin advanced training. They remain in foster care usually for about a year where they can have a loving puppy life as well learn some basic obedience.

It is one of the more difficult foster jobs, because you have to give up the puppy for training and placement with potential candidates. If the dog retires from its job as service dog ( after 8-10 years)and the owner cannot keep the dog, then you get the option of adopting him back for his senior years.

Here are the options in Seattle

Guide dogs in Seattle

From the page about raising a puppy to be a guide dog, to get an idea of the responsibilities of raising the puppy.

Steps to take:

  1. Attend 8-10 meetings, functions, outings, or puppy handling sessions.
  2. Read the Puppy Raising Manual.
  3. All family members must show a willingness to learn GDB puppy training techniques and be willing to participate in club activities.
  4. Fill out all required paperwork for GDB volunteers--

    a. Puppy Raising Volunteer Application
    b. Puppy Placement Questionnaire
    c. Participant Consent and Release Form
    d. Agreement to Terms of Service

  5. Have a house and yard check by your group leaders—

    a. Entire family to be present for the house/yard check, including pets
    b. Have a safe, fenced yard or dog run for when puppy is outside, with a height of at least 5 feet, or request an exemption and be willing to have the puppy on a leash when outside at all times (approved on a case-by-case basis).
  6. Puppy-sit for another group member’s puppy.

Things to remember:
  • The puppy that you will be raising is a guest in your home and is the property of GDB.
  • It is the responsibility of our club to prepare the pups for their return to GDB.
  • Everyone in GPS will work together and support each other to ensure that you and the puppy have a successful experience.

There are a lot of such organizations all over. You can search for particular type of assistance dogs(mobility, autism, particular disability and more), in your area. Some other links
And lots more

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