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Guide Dog School 3: Taking Care Of Business

This is part three of Brian Fischler’s ongoing series about meeting and learning to work with his guide dog, Nash. Walking with a Guide Dog Today was the first day that we went out into the streets with our guide dogs. Our instructors were attached to our dogs so we weren’t flying solo. My instructor had a leash also attached to Nash’s collar; that way she could control the dog and ease me into commanding him. I was holding onto his harness to get accustomed to walking with him. We worked on right and left turns. The difficult thing about

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A guide dog sits with his trainer
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Guide Dog School 4: It Isn’t All Work And No Play

Nash and my second day of working together went pretty well. We worked on going forward, right and left turns. A very common misconception about Guide Dogs is that they read traffic lights and tell you when to cross the street. This is not the case, as dogs are color blind. I have to listen to the sound of traffic, and tell Nash when I think it is safe to cross the street. He is trained not to walk into oncoming traffic. This is definitely going to take some getting used to for me. It wasn’t too long ago that

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Guide Dog School 5: The First Rule To Working With A Guide Dog Is…

The first rule of working with a guide dog is, you never pet a working guide dog. The second rule to working with a guide dog is, you never pet a working guide dog! Nash had his first visitor today, my Uncle Donny. Nash was really well behaved, as he didn’t jump up on him or anything like that. Never pet a working guide dog A common misconception about guide dogs is that you can never pet them. Actually, you can never pet a working guide dog as the affection can be distracting to them. How do you know if

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