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SARASOTAMAGAZINEGUIDETOGIVING20147os.Tenocoursethereisthatpuppyhuggingtohelpsocializethepuppies.Aeronly10weekstheyareabletositgodownandwalkmoreorlesscoop-erativelyonaleashandtheyaregivennamesanhonoravailabletoanysponsorwillingtopartwith5000.Tentheyaresentouttolivewiththeirpuppyraisersorthenextyearandahal.Duringthistimethedogswilllearntheroutinemattersobeingadog.Teybecomeacquaintedwithahomeaamilyotherpetsyardsside-walksstairssquirrelstrafcyounameit.Atabout16monthsthepuppyraisersmustreturntheirchargestoSoutheasternGuideDogsatearuleventthatisas-suagedbyacelebrationthatacknowledgesthegravityothedogsdestinyandthentheyspendtheirnextourtosixmonthsbeingtrainedoncampus.Teywilllearnalexiconoover40commandsrangingromdirectionalsignalslikeorwardtothingsasarcaneasndmykeys.Teywillalsohaveassessmentstomeasurethingsliketheirsocialtolerancewilltheyletyouddlewiththeirearsormesswiththeirteethandphysicalsensitiv-itydoestheharnesschangethewaythedogbehavesandattentivenessaretheydistractedbythepresenceootherdogs.Butperhapsmostimportantoallthisiswhentheylearnintelligentdisobe-dience.Mosthighlytraineddogsareexpectedtoollowordersandalthoughguidedogswillcertainlyollowordersthatmakesensetheymustalsobeabletoknowwhentooverrideacommand.Iavisuallyimpairedhandleriswalkingdownaamiliarsidewalkorexampleandanewpotholeorotherdangersuddenlyap-pearstheguidedogmustknowtomoveinrontothehandlerandsitblockingtheirprogress.Wantingtoseeormyseltheac-complishmentsotheseyoungcaninestudentsIdecidetotakeadvantageoSoutheasternsmanyvolunteerprogramstodosomedogwalking.Otheropportu-nitiesincludesigninguporhalanhoursworthopuppyhuggingbecomingapuppyraiserorevenapplyingtoborrowlikelibrarybookspuppiesoradultdogsortheweekend.IhaveaneighborwhoeelsaboutLabradorsroughlythewaymostpeopleeelaboutoxygensotogetherthetwoousdrivetoPalmettoandcheckourselvesoutadog.opppmpsuhpmcdcmdmhdhlmh250puppbchycmpu.thpJcqugvywhvhpuppmbh10wkcuddlmhch.JenniferVare