How Puppies Train To Be Guide Dogs
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How Puppies Train To Be Guide Dogs

September 11, 2019

Our mission of the Guide Dog Foundation
is: help people live without boundaries. So, when my trainer brought Michael, I was
just overwhelmed and Happiness. Just, I can’t explain it. It’s just a fantastic
thing. I’m not gonna cry, I swear! Ugh! During that time with the bridging
program, the volunteers and the staff members are going to be exposing the
puppy to a variety of different environments and situations. So today we
had a ball pit out and we had a little tiny set of stairs. We also had a tunnel
that was made out of flexible plastic. Everything is a fun engaging exposure. So
we make everything fun and exciting and yeah, it’s awesome! And all of a sudden,
something they might have been overwhelmed or scared at is something
cool for them. Our major goal for guide dog training is
to get the dogs accustomed to the harness and wearing in the harness, even at
a young age. So the reason why we use the puppy harness is it really gets the dog
acclimated at that puppy stage. So when a dog goes into a harness, is going to
actually make the dog feel that – oh I have a job. I’m working. We ask our puppy raisers to socialize
the dog so they’re a welcome presence. And it’s really really important because
we want the dogs to have fun and we want the dogs to be exposed to everything for
the first time with the puppy raiser and not when they’re with their client. Making sure that they get lots of food
rewards and belly rubs and kisses and petting and playtime is important. Dogs
love to learn they’re just little sponges. They want to do things and then
you want to have a job. At the Guide Dog Foundation about half of our dogs make it through the final guide dog process. We care about the dog’s happiness. We
want them to be enjoying the job and we find other jobs for them, if that works.
And we have different career options, so it’s our responsibility to try and find
a career that this dog will enjoy. And if they don’t want to have a career and
they’re telling us that they would be more comfortable as a pet, that’s
absolutely a choice that the dog gets to make. And they can be adopted by the
puppy raiser or a selected adopter. I’ve been a guide dog user for 16 years.
And can’t imagine life without one. The bond is, hmm. The bond is indescribable. When
you first pick up that harness handle you’re thinking – really? This four-legged
friend is gonna make sure I go in a straight line to get to where I need to
go. And it’s amazing, it works. He just builds my confidence level. I’m very shy,
truly I am. Holding the harness is just a fantastic thing. I, the
confidence level is just through the roof. Man, now you made me cry! Wah! Come on! I wasn’t sure, I was scared. I had just
graduated high school, and I flew out to Long Island all by myself, and was
just young. So when my trainer brought Michael, I was just overwhelmed with
happiness. I was scared to death with my first dog. And when we got back to the
starting point, I probably ugly cried for five minutes
because I knew that that dog would not put me in harm’s way. All my dogs have been great and I truly
appreciate what this organization does.


  • Reply singergrrl77 July 18, 2019 at 12:18 am

    +mollyBurke thought of you when this came across my recommended. I’m
    Sure you’ve seen this but it was so interesting to possibly see what Gallup might have gone through.

  • Reply Aeryn Koon July 18, 2019 at 12:26 am

    My dog just stole my food

  • Reply THEREALLIZCALDERON July 18, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Girl imma ugly cry too I’m so proud of them??❤️

  • Reply woman 23. July 18, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Reason number 24568633257
    Why dogs are the best.

  • Reply Maritza Avila July 18, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Question. Who picks up the poop? ?

  • Reply shane kaspbrak July 18, 2019 at 5:36 am


  • Reply Maddie G July 18, 2019 at 5:48 am

    I'm going to have my dog be a psychiatric service dog for school. Does anyone have training tips??

  • Reply evyeeyee July 18, 2019 at 6:16 am

    the only reason i clicked this video is because of the cute puppy on the thumbnail ?

  • Reply Hailey Dobron July 18, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    And then here’s my dog acting like a stuffed animal

  • Reply les onyunn July 18, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Theyre such a big miracle to people's lives

  • Reply Chrisabel Olivia July 18, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    this sent me off to tears

  • Reply Laura Crawford July 18, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    i’m not crying, you are

  • Reply Drea Guzman July 19, 2019 at 2:42 am

    My boi failed obedience school. I'm going to show him this so he feels guilty about it :'v

  • Reply kendra triggs July 19, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Molly Burke has entered the chat

  • Reply J o a n n a . G July 19, 2019 at 7:51 am

    If dogs can have a job, what excuse do humans have that are able to work? Lol just saying ??‍♀️

  • Reply ThatAwkwardLucy July 19, 2019 at 10:56 am

    1:40–1:50 what are those 2 dog breeds?? ?

  • Reply quirky mermaid28 July 19, 2019 at 10:58 am

    bless this foundation and the dogs!

  • Reply quirky mermaid28 July 19, 2019 at 10:59 am

    what im sad about is dogs have a shorter lifespan than humans, so when they pass im sure it would leave such a heavy heart for the owner 🙁

  • Reply sara moratino trujillo July 19, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I wanna be a puppy raiser

  • Reply Gabby Wolf July 19, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    This video isn’t very accessible to people who have visual impairments. They may be doing research on guide dogs if they would like to use one but the on screen text makes it impossible to learn important info. Just something to think about when targeting audiences on topics they could relate to.

  • Reply Roksana Buczkowska-Cząstka July 19, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Those dogs have more career choices than me…

    I love them and just want them to be happy ?

  • Reply Rachel Dashow July 19, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    OMG guide dogs can cost tens of thousands of dollars! This is so generous & I love it!

  • Reply In-N-Out July 19, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    He protecc
    He attacc

    But most importantly…


  • Reply AMELIA DELPILAR July 20, 2019 at 1:13 am

    This was so friggin cuteeeee

  • Reply GurrGamer July 20, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Meanwhile I can’t even train my dog to sit. They must have the patience of a Prophet.

  • Reply M A D M B O U July 20, 2019 at 7:46 am

    They are so well behaved too ??☹️?

  • Reply Jay Hanns July 20, 2019 at 9:45 am

    good bois academy

  • Reply Ydome 9 July 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Omg omg omg omg

  • Reply Lulu July 20, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    They’re so adorable that i totally forgot what i was about to watch on youtube, it was important

  • Reply Strawberry milk gacha July 20, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    0:38 looks like my dog as a puppy! They are identical!!!

  • Reply Scarlet Greif July 20, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    My whole family wants a dog, but my sister is really allergic. Even having a dog near her, having it lick her or just petting a dog gives her puffy eyes and hives. It’s so sad cause she loved dogs. We have 3 cats and whenever she puts her face in them or get really close to them she sneezes and gets puffy eyes.

  • Reply warycherrie July 20, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    I just ugly cried while watching this❤️❤️

  • Reply Christal Hernandez July 21, 2019 at 11:30 am

    That puppy with that small harness is everything

  • Reply LostElectron July 21, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Dogs are simple beings, give then love and something interesting to do, they'll grow into amazing beings. Just like kids.

  • Reply Sergio Alcantara July 21, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Bruh, why are they so adorable.

  • Reply bruh July 22, 2019 at 12:07 am


  • Reply Hilary Lomeli July 22, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    0:11 when the puppy fell I died of cuteness ????

  • Reply SnowJingle July 22, 2019 at 11:29 pm


  • Reply Ellie McHale July 24, 2019 at 6:16 am

    These dogs with their beautiful, caring, lovely, compassionate souls.

  • Reply JozzJozz July 24, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Those dogs are smarter than me

  • Reply Gabbin Tine July 31, 2019 at 11:51 am

    I love dogs. Makes me kind of sad that they are born just to serve people. We don’t deserve them 🙁 let them be puppies

  • Reply Suwatha Uthayakumar August 3, 2019 at 7:39 am

    oh no 1:35

  • Reply It’s Gaby’s Life August 5, 2019 at 11:17 am

    1:35 poor puppy ☹️
    Trying walk on air.

  • Reply Captain Rampage August 5, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Isn’t this the lady that blinded herself because she wanted to be blind

  • Reply Jkim August 8, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    1000th comment

  • Reply Sad Cat August 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Owner:Hey (dogs name) can you get me the water bottle for me?

    Dog:Ooo fetch!

  • Reply Monique Shorten August 18, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    This made my day

  • Reply HorseGirlb August 19, 2019 at 5:02 am

    Let's be real here – the baby harness isn't necessary, it's just adorable

  • Reply Potato Corn September 7, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Do i need a guidr dog if i am visually impaired i heve ocular albinism

  • Reply Potato Corn September 7, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Becusee at school (middle school) when people are rushing i get pushed alot and i dont see the person until they are right at my face

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