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Big Changes for Little Caleb
Neutering and operant conditioning training for future Guide Dog
It’s hard to believe little Caleb is already six-months-old. He’s become such a fixture in our routines that we all feel a bit off when that routine is interrupted. But it’s something we have to do in order to prepare Caleb for his future as a well-socialized canine ambassador. This month that interruption will be a big one—at least for little Caleb—he’s getting neutered.   Not all Guide Dog for...
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Guide Dog-in-Training Hits the Road
Caleb visits Washington and Idaho
As usual, we’ve had another busy month of adventures, activities and … first graders. Caleb is fast asleep in my office as I type this but don’t let that image fool you; he’s clearly coming out of his shell and has discovered being a puppy can be FUN!   Most people assume Guide Dog puppies are always working, which is sort of true. They are expected to maintain generally good house manners—no to...
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Caleb About Town
And the importance of “lap time” for future Guide Dogs
Happy New Year! As I sat down to write this I realized Caleb is 4-months-old today and time is already flying by. It has been a busy month around our house bringing home a new puppy during the cold winter months has its challenges. The days are shorter and colder and potty training takes time, sometimes lots of waiting time. Luckily, Caleb figured out that the quicker he did his business the...
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Welcome Home Caleb!
New Guide Dog puppy settles in
[Editor’s note: Megan Minkiewicz has raised six puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Over the next year and a half, she’ll write about her adventures in puppy-raising for The Bark blog.]   I’ve been busy since my last post. I had a quick business trip to Colorado, which provided me the opportunity to visit Laker, a puppy we raised who is now a working guide in Boulder. Laker was my favorite...
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Saying Goodbye to Arden
Adventures in puppy-raising for Guide Dogs for the Blind
[Editor’s note: Next month, Megan Minkiewicz brings home a new puppy, the sixth dog she and her husband will raise for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Over the next year and a half, she’ll write about her adventures in puppy-raising for The Bark blog.]   A lifetime ago, I met a yellow Labrador Retriever named Noah who forever changed my life. He was young and I was single, we made a good team. To say...

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