When it comes to training a seeing eye dog, you must keep in mind that this can be a difficult process. Many individuals who see seeing eye dogs working with their disabled owners are in awe over how smart the dog can be, they sometimes assume that the training process is easy. Many of these seeing eye dogs start the training process when they are around eight weeks old and are not assigned to a partner that is impaired until they are around two years old.
Find the right type of dog breed to train. The Labrador Retriever is the one breed that is the most common used to do the seeing eye work. Many members of this breed are not considered to be adults until they turn three . Therefore, those individuals who are considering adopting a dog to do the seeing eye work, you may want to look into a lab.
Many of the dog owners know how important it is to train a puppy in basic obedience, but they always make the mistake of training the dog at home instead of exposing him or her to the public. You should take the puppy to crowded areas, areas that has high traffic and unusual noises. This may not be necessary if you are training your normal dog, but for a seeing eye dog, this is one step you have to take.
Allow the dog to join you in the leisure activities. The seeing eye dog will need to occupy their disabled partner wherever they go, so you should get the dog used to this.
Teach the puppy to obey the owners out of love. You must train the puppy with positive reinforcement. Never train the seeing eye puppy with intimidation. The dog will want to assist the owner out of love, not out of fear.
In order to become a seeing eye dog, the dog goes to a trainer who will reinforce all of the basic obedience commence that the dog has learned. When the dog has learned these, the trainer will work on more advanced commands including walk forward, turn right and left. He or she will also be learning to stop at curves. This could be accomplished by tripping and falling if the dog does not stop at the curb. When the dog does stop at the curb, you should reward and praise the dog.
Dogs are also taught to keep clear of stationary objects along with moving objects that will prevent the instructor and later the visually impaired from walking into the objects. Again, if the dog fails to navigate around these objects, you should act like you are hurt until he or she learns to correct themselves.
There are other skills the dog will need to learn, such as properly and safely navigating through the traffic and avoiding distractions.