For those of you who occasionally read maine-matters you would be aware that my wife and I (95% wife / 5% me) are puppy raisers for Guiding Eyes For The Blind out of Yorktown Heights New York. "We've" (meaning Pat) raised many potential guide dogs in the past and the latest one to leave home for college is Bailey..Here is his report card:
Guiding Eyes For The Blind
Dog Name: Bailey
(Of course this is when we first got him..I couldn't resist..)
" Your puppy is just beginning the earliest phase of training. This initial time is a period of adjustment, a time when trainer and dog bond and a time for laying down the foundation for all the work to come. Please remember that each dog is treated as an individual and will be introduced to new skills and concepts at a pace best suited to his or her needs and abilities.
Bailey is a smart and affectionate gentleman who very much enjoys learning new tasks. He quickly learned his targeting exercises and recently passed his first check off test with flying colors. He showed a good knowledge of basic obedience and recall as well. Bailey is a large boy, but has shown great manners despite his size which is very nice to see.
Bailey is currently learning to lead out in harness. He greatly enjoys these trips outside and confidently pulls out in front. In a week or so Bailey will move on to working in the small town of Peekskill where he will beginning to learn the the very important foundation basics of guide work such as curbs, crossings, turns and clearances. I have greatly enjoyed getting to know Bailey over the past few weeks and look forward to continue to teach him. "
So our boy is doing great and making his parents very proud.
Keep up the good work son!