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almostnonoise.YoudexpecttheplacetobeaTunderdomeobarkingandhowlingandhumpingbutthatisnotthecase.ruethedogschorusabitateedingtimeandinthepuppycenteryoullhearsomeplayulyippingbutiyouweretogathertogether200humanteenagersand200dogsandmeasuretheirmannerswithadecibelmeterthesedogswouldwinpawsdown.HowdoesSoutheasterndoitHowdotheytakeanimalsrenownedorbehaviorthatincludesdiningupontheirowneceschewingsupposedlyunchewableobjectsandleg-humpingguestsatdinnerpartiesandturnthemintosuchgentlemanlysquiresAccordingtoCEOitusHer-manonepartotheanswerissimplyitsemployeesandvolunteers.Wejusthavethebestpeoplehesays.HecouldbereerringtoRachelGold-ammerageneticistwhoinonlysixyearsoselectivebreedinghasreducedtherateohipdysplasiaromanaverageo50percenttoastartlingnearlymiraculous3percentanddecreasedtheaveragepuppymortalityraterom15percentthreeyearsagoto1.5percent.TenthereisKarenMersereauwhoassessesthedogsaertheycomebackromtheirpuppyraisersvolunteerswhotakethepup-piesintotheirhomestoteachthembasicmannersandtrusttodecidethekindoworkorwhichadogwillbebestsuited.OrperhapsSuzyWilburnwholostmostohervisionaershewasdiagnosedwithStargardtdiseaseatage27andwhoworksnowalongsideherSoutheasternguidedogCarsonastheheadoadmissionsandgraduateservicesdecidingwhichapplicantsarebestsuitedordogowner-ship.About40percentoapplicantsareaccepted.OrperhapsJacquiGarveywhobeinginchargeothepuppiesrombirthuntil10weeksoldmightjusthaveandthisisnothyperbolethebestjobintheentireworld.Buttheworkersheredespitetheirdedi-cationandboundlessenthusiasmareonlyhalthestory.Teotherpartocourseisthedogsremarkabletraining.Overits32yearsSoutheasternstrainingregimenhasevolvedintoanexactingsystemthatrecallsinmanywaysthetrainingoSpartanboys.Fromthehighlyadvancedgeneticsciencethatgoesintobreedingeverydogtothemeticuloustrainingtheseanimalsareliterallymadeortheirjobs.Teirtrainingbeginsonlythreedaysaerbirth.Teylearntotrustthepeoplewhoeedandhandlethem.Teymustaccustomthemselvestonoisesvarioussuracesandenvironmentsanddistractions.Teyareencouragedtoinvestigatetheunknown.Teyareassessedorper-sistencewillapuppydisengagewithaood-stuedkongtoengagewithahumanandpatiencewillitstillengagewithahumanaerbeingignoredor15secondsandresilienceisitunrufedbyamotorizedsnowmanthatsingsanannoyingtuneandsocialinteractionwillitgreetabreedodogithasneverseenbeore.Intheirquartersandplaypenstheyhavetoysdanglingoverheadtoencouragethemtoseethingsromahumanperspectivesotheycanbeawareolow-hangingbranchesorotherimpedimentsthatmightposeariskortheirhandlersandtheyareroutinelyconrontedwithstartlingobjectsthattheylearntounderstandornegotiatesuchasmirrorsandsuracesodierenttexturesandteeter-tottersandledgeswithdrop-PhotosbyJenniferVare