Guide Dogs: From Puppies to Partners

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'I've got a companion wherever I am.' A guide dog and its handler have a very special bond. Guide dogs are trained to make life easier for people who are blind or who can't see well enough to get about safely. And a guide dog makes a wonderful friend. Find out about the breeding of guide dogs and the care of newborn puppies. Who looks after the pups as they grow up? When does training start? What does the young dog need to learn? When is it matched with its handler, and how do they learn to work together? Meet Spike, Britta, Lundy and Lonnie: guide dogs in action. Did you know? Dogs were trained to guide blind people in Vienna in 1819 at an Institute for the Blind founded by Johann Wilhelm Klein.

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Diana Lawrenson writes articles for magazines and newspapers as well as picture books and information books for young people. She wrote this book in collaboration with her local Guide Dog Association.

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Grade 4-6-A brief look at how guide dogs are bred, raised, and trained in Australia. Lawrenson begins by giving general information on who uses the guide dogs and some facts about training schools around the world. Then she turns to what generally happens when a puppy is bred to be a guide dog, focusing on a Labrador retriever's birth and first seven or eight weeks of life. As in the United States, the dogs are farmed out to families for one year to become accustomed to people. They are then sent to training school for 20 weeks and finally paired with the person with whom they will be working. Several "teams of two" are profiled. Color photographs show the dogs and elements of training, including an interesting chart of the commands that they must learn. Female dogs are appropriately referred to throughout as "bitches." An attractive addition where needed.
Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elementary School, VA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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