Please join Nylabone in congratulating the hardworking guide dogs around the world and their equally hardworking trainers! Guide dogs provide vital services for visually impaired people, acting as their eyes everywhere they go.
References to guide dogs date as far back as the mid 16th century. The first guide dog school was established in the United States in 1929 in Nashville, Tennessee and later relocated to Morristown, New Jersey. America’s first guide dog owner was Morris Frank and his dog was named Buddy, a German Shepherd.
Guide Dogs Today
Today Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and German Shepherds are breeds that are very likely to be trained as guide dogs, however this does not mean other breeds such as Poodles, Collies, Vizslas, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Boxers, Border Collies, and Airedale Terriers do not serve in that capacity. Guide dog breeds are chosen in relation to their height at the shoulder measured against harness length and an individual’s height.
(Courtesy of Wikipedia.com)
Fun Guide Dog facts:
Information courtesy of https://www.guidingeyes.org.
Raising puppies to one day serve as guide dogs requires a high level of patience and consistency, as well as extensive training. Over the last year Nylabone has been closely following the YouTube video series “Growing Up Guide Pup” as it documented all the hard work and effort that goes into the training of a guide puppy named Ricki. From crate training to taking Ricki out to the ball game, Growing Up Guide Pup takes you along every step of the way. Although Ricki ultimately did not become a guide dog, she won a special place in our hearts over at Nylabone for her efforts. In fact, upon her returning home to her trainers Amie and Matt, we decided to send her a welcome home gift for her and her brother Eli…
Nylabone welcomes Ricki back home with an awesome gift! Yes, for those who are not aware.
We did keep Ricki. Video Courtesy of GuideDogManiac on YouTube
Season 2 of the Growing Up Guide Pup videos series is slated to begin filming soon, and they need help picking the new puppy’s name!! To help them name their newest guide dog, or for the season 2 premier date, visit their website at http://www.growingupguidepup.com or their YouTube page.