Carla has Trey on loan Southeastern Guide Dogs, which is here 8 miles from my home.
Trey is a 4 month old Lab in Waiting to be a Southeast Guide Dog graduate and spend his life giving the gift of sight to an unsighted person. Carla says she will keep him until he is 1 year old, she is to let him play and be petted and loved by people, socialized she called it; At age 10 months he will start his training to ignore everything and every person except his owner.
I asked Carla why they wore the blue jacket, and she said it is so they get used to the harness they will be wearing. They are taught, when the harness is own they are "working" and no playing allowed. If the blue jacket or harness if off, they can play.
HERE to watch the very touching video.
they encourage volunteers to come out and PLAY WITH PUPPIES whoo hooo
puppy hugging and dog walking Mon-Tue-Wed-Fri-Sat from 9:00am -11:00am
A couple of years back, Bob and I signed up to walk the dogs. We registered and went to the kennels and they assigned us each a lab. we walked the designated trail for and hour and came back and said We want to walk 2 more.
Bob got a lab, and I received the leash of a beautiful and very big Collie. We hit the trail and 5 minutes later, the sprinkler system came on and my dog dashed out in the middle of the sprinkler pulling me with him. Bob had to take the leash to get him back on the trail since it took MAN strength.
when we arrived back at the kennels, the lady burst into laughter because we were all wet.... and said....
OOPS! I forgot to warn you that he loves water and when you are close to the sprinkler he has to be on a tight and firm and short leash...... NOW she tells us. We did not really care, it was a wonderful 2 hours.