Do you all remember that cheeky young pup called Milo? His ambition is to be a Guide Dog and he was kind enough to visit for an interview which you can read here: Spotlight on Milo – Trainee guide Dog.
He’s been doing some growing up since then and he’s about to finish his 16 weeks of basic training. He will soon move on to his advanced training – this takes 10 weeks and during this time he will be matched with a biped who needs his help.
Milo’s 12-week report, part 1: Milo is a bright, happy, affectionate dog. He has settled well and loves learning! He is working in harness.
Milo’s 12-week report, part 2: Milo is a lovely boy, good on public transport and loves his toys. He will soon move to advanced training.
I’d also like to mention Milo’s puppy walker, Allie. She is the person that socialised Milo and ensured that he had all the experiences he needed to be ready to do his training to become a Guide Dog.
I have mentioned before how important socialisation is. The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (UK) do everything they can to ensure that socialisation of their puppies begins early. And Guide Dogs for the Blind (USA) also stress the importance of socialisation.
Milo, when he was much younger, dreaming about being a Guide Dog when he’s grown up
Good luck in the advanced training, Milo!
See you next Wednesday!
I’m really excited that Hetty has agreed to be my guest today. She is an award-winning dog doing very special work. I’m sure you’ll enjoy hearing about her and the work she does. Put your paws together and give her a warm Clowie’s Corner welcome!
Hetty – Dual Assistance Dog
Clowie: Thank you for being my guest today, Hetty. Would you like to tell us about yourself?
Hetty: I am a black Golden Retriever cross Labrador Retriever aged 3.5 years. I was bred by Guide Dogs and puppy walked in Scotland before moving to Sheffield for my advanced training.
C: I’ve seen puppies in training and I was very impressed. The puppy walkers do a great job of socialising and preparing the puppies. Why were you chosen?
I’m really excited to bring you a special guest today! I know you’ll enjoy hearing what he has to say. He’s a dog who needs no introduction. I’ve always wanted to say that! But in this case it’s true – most of you already know and love him.
Rumpy: My name is Rumpy!
Clowie: Yeah! Put your paws together and give Rumpy a warm Clowie’s Corner welcome!
Clowie: Thank you for joining me today, Rumpy. Let’s begin with you telling us about yourself.
I’m really excited that Stella has agreed to be my guest today. I’m sure you’ll enjoy hearing about her and her home in Canada. Put your paws together and give her a warm Clowie’s Corner welcome!
Stella working on her blog with Elizabeth, her scribe
Clowie: Thank you for joining me today, Stella. Let’s begin with you telling us a little about yourself.
I’m really excited that Savannah has agreed to be my guest today. I’m sure you’ll enjoy hearing about her. Put your paws together and give her a warm Clowie’s Corner welcome!
Clowie: Thank you for joining me today, Savannah. Let’s begin with you telling us a little about yourself.
Savannah: I am a 5 year old Russian Blue type cat, with totally darling white markings!
C: Very cute!