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guide dog rescueGuide dogs work as a mobility tool to assist the blind and visually impaired. Guide dogs are chosen at an early age by their willingness to play along with other traits. The most common guide dogs are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds. The training consists of a 3 year apprenticeship with guide dog trainers. The 3 year apprenticeship is designed to offer hands-on experience for the dogs. Once the dogs graduate and become guide dogs their formal training/work begins. The duration of training for guide dogs is 6 – 8 years. During training years guide dogs are constantly working on developing and maintaining their skills.

Each guide dog works independent from one another and they are expected to fulfill all the requirements of Guide Dogs of America and the state board. Dogs that do not meet the standards will cease training and become career-change dogs. Once training has stopped, guide dogs retire and they are given up for adoption. Trainers and handlers have the first choice for adoptions, and for the most part many choose to adopt. In other cases dogs who are not adopted by their trainers and handles are given up for public adoption. That is, any person can adopt them, as long as they meet the adoption requirement for adopting a guide dog.

There is a high demand for these retired guide dogs, or career change dogs and guide dog rescue organization have a waiting list of 4 years or longer. If you’re looking to adopt a career change dog or retired guide dog anytime soon, I suggest checking your local shelter or other dog rescue organizations. It is possible that some career change dogs might be given to shelters or dog rescue centers. However, there are other dogs waiting to be adopted that will win your heart.

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