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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Small Breed Dogguides

Yuck, sorry for the lame title, but i couldn't think of anything else.

This post is a response to Jenny's question, as to what small breed dogguides are used for, in the comments under my last post, Puppy Party 2 and Another First.

Jenny, you're right, the smaller breeds aren't used as dogguides for the blind, or CVC's (Canine Vision Canada) as they're called under our foundation. They can be used for two different programs : HED (Hearing Ear Dogs of Canada) or SSD (Special Skills Dogs of Canada).

As HED's, they would be placed with clients who are deaf or hard of hearing. Their job is basically to alert their handler when they hear noises that they are trained to alert for by pawing/or jumping on them.

As SSD's, it would depend on the type of work needed, but Petey personally, if placed in SSD, would be under the Seizure Response Program. I'm not too sure EXACTLY what he would be doing, but obviously, their main job would be to take care of their client when or before they have a seizure.

Some small breeds that are used are Jack Russells :P, Border Terriers, and Mini Poodles.

As you can see, even though Petey is small, he has a big and important life ahead of him. I really hope that I'm doing everything that is right for him so that he can go on and change someone's life for the better :D

Hope this helped,
Nat and the ever-sleeping Petey :D


Blogger 8675309 said...

Thanks for this, Nat -- very interesting! I had no idea that smaller breeds (only small in physical stature of course, they're just as big in heart) were used so much.

I've heard stories about seizure response dogs that are simply amazing...I hope Petey grows up to be a very valuable partner for someone in need! Thanks again for the info.

1:57 p.m.

Blogger David said...

Natalie, Your title is perfect and you wrote a very good article.

D & N (YGP) Raleigh and the Gang

5:20 p.m.

Blogger The Dog Blog said...

Nat responsedogs help the person live a more indipentdant life by helping them out of a seizer & going for help when they need it. but from what i've heard, they are usually are bigger dogs - they help their masters off the floor.

5:01 p.m.


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