Features May 2018 Issue

The Guide Dogs of America's Puppy Socialization Schedule

Guide Dogs of America breeds, raises, trains and places highly skilled guide dogs with blind and visually impaired partners, at no charge to the recipient. Its program is a model for super-socializing puppies who become confident, go-anywhere dogs.

The Guide Dogs of America's Puppy Socialization Schedule

Inside a guide-dog-in-training's puppy socialization protocol.

Most service-dog organizations rely heavily on volunteers to welcome the organization’s puppies into their homes – and hearts – for more than a year, during which time the volunteers are responsible for teaching basic obedience, impeccable house manners, and how to be confident and calm in a variety of public settings. Socialization is a huge part of raising any dog, but it’s especially important when the dog is destined for a career spent largely away from home. When it comes to socializing a puppy, how you do it matters – a lot!

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