Look who I have! This is Coco, a 5-month old German Shepherd pup that I’m going to puppy raise with a potential to train him as a guide dog for myself.
I decided to go with owner training for a whole bunch of reasons, one of which I get to puppy raise and bond sooner.
Also, the red tape with having a vision impairment that doesn’t fit the usual legal criteria is really difficult to navigate, and this solves some of that too.
I’ve researched owner training and it looks completely do-able. Also, owner trained guide dogs are covered by the same access laws.
So this guy gets to be my shadow for a while and see if he has what it takes to train when he is old enough. If not, we’ll find a new home for him and try again.
And Coco, in his first few days home had these items to share with our readers.
I am currently planning to play it safe and NEVER step off the rug. Not even for that piece of kibble that I really really want. #CocoDog
How to play with a squeaky toy:
1. Stick it to the Velcro on your Cone of Shame.
2. Pause to contemplate the Universe.
3. Flip it so the end is in your mouth.
4. Squeak and enjoy.