Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Progress Update on our Litter D

In 2009, we proudly sponsored a litter of eight new Guide Dog recruits (Dixie, Digger, Duke, Daisy, Donna, Daphne, Danny and Dexter).

Toward the end of March, this 'D' litter will return to Guide Dogs Victoria where they will complete a one week temperament assessment.

All dogs are required to go through this process and are scored between 1 and 4 (like a school report card!) on different aspects such as their reaction to other dogs & cats, and whether they are distracted by food, noise and other common occurrences.

If they pass all aspects of this rigorous assessment process, they then move onto the next stage of their Guide Dog Training that takes 5 months. In case you're wondering, those pups that don't pass this assessment often go on to become Pets As Therapy Dogs or Companion Dogs.

Stay tuned for a further update on their progress!