How are guide dogs trained to be obedient?

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The dogs start with advanced obedience training and are taught to walk in a straight line, in the correct position with the proper tension on the lead.

Traffic work is one of the most important aspects of the guide dog's work as the safety of the blind person is at stake.

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The instructors work with the dogs on things that puppy raisers taught, including loose leash walking (walking in a heel position at the instructor's side without pulling on the leash), settling calmly, and obedience (sit, down, stay, stand, etc.).
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It all comes down to training.

Just as guide dogs are taught to guide their handler around obstacles and deal with busy environments, they are taught to toilet (pee and poop) on request.

Generally, our puppies will not toilet in their red coat as we encourage puppies to have "clean walks".

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For 70 years, the Guide Dog Foundation has been training puppies to be guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired.

At a young age, the dogs are introduced to their harness so it becomes a familiar and fun object.

About half the dogs that go through the training program become guide dogs.

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If the dog's back is flat, it's peeing β€” male guide dogs are trained to not lift their leg when peeing; they utilize the same "lean forward" pee stances that females use β€” and no cleanup if needed.

Once the dog is finished, the handler just leans down with their plastic bag and can find the poop pretty easily.

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3. Guide dogs are also guard dogs. People often say to me, β€œIt's great that you have a dog that will lead you around and protect you.” As much as I would like to think that Nash would protect me if I ever was attacked, odds are he most likely won't. Nash is a Lab, so it isn't in his nature to attack someone.
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They are returned to the guide dog centre at about 14 months old to complete formal training.

It can take up to six months for the dog to complete its formal training.

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For 70 years, the Guide Dog Foundation has been training puppies to be guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired.

At a young age, the dogs are introduced to their harness so it becomes a familiar and fun object.

About half the dogs that go through the training program become guide dogs.

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