FLD Mike is now in Phase 2 training at Leader Dogs for the Blind!
There are four phases, each about four weeks in duration.
- FIRST PHASE. The Future Leader Dogs are introduced to working in a harness on quiet streets, learning basic commands.
- SECOND PHASE. Additional commands are taught in more complex situations. (Good luck, Mike!)
- THIRD PHASE. Country work, and busier urban areas.
- FOURTH PHASE. This is the most challenging phase. The dogs must master all situations, including overhead obstacles, many cars, in all environments.
After being matched with their blind or visually-impaired handler, the Leader Dogs live with their new person in the apartments at Leader Dogs for three and a half weeks. The handlers to learn how to care for and work with their new partner. If the handler agrees, the puppy-raiser can meet the new team!
Keeping our paws crossed, FLD Mike! You've come a long way, with more to come.
|FLD Mike--first day home.|
|FLD Mike--his last night with us.|
FLD Gus got his last puppy-shots yesterday at the vet clinic at Leader Dogs for the Blind. All is fine and he is growing fast--26 pounds!