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This webinar on selecting and training guide dogs for the blind will provide an overview of the specific characteristics desired in a working guide dog (physical and temperamentally). The presentation will also describe the unique training skills a guide dog receives, as they differ from other service work behaviors. Also included will be the changes in training methods since 2005 (from traditional to positive reinforcement). Participants will become familiar with the following: How the physical and temperamental characteristics of working guide dogs differ from those of other types of service animals; The ways in which guide dog skills are specialized and differ from the skills and tasks that are taught to most other service dogs working with disabled handlers; The history of guide dogs, and how that history is relevant to the evolution of current training methods; Know some of the historical importance of guide dogs; Modern guide dog work and the requirements in an effective guide dog have transformed dramatically to adjust to cultural changes; and, Community culture and environment greatly impact how a guide dog is developed and trained.
Sponsor:E-Training for Dogs, Inc
Speaker(s):Michele Pouliot and Barbara Handelman M.Ed., CDBC
Contact: Cheryl Lynne Aguiar