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Do You Think This Labrador Retriever Puppy Is A Water Dog?

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This is Archie! We think he very well may be the cutest water dog ever!  Archie is a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog puppy in training.

Someday Archie will be a working guide dog, but even guide dogs and guide dog puppies in training have times when they’re working and times when they’re allowed to play.  Archie is obviously off duty and trying to stay cool with this summer heatwave.

Archie the water dog
We think Archie may be the cutest water dog! – Thanks @Audrey for sharing!

As guide dog puppy raisers we receive our pups when they are 7 weeks old and train them until they are approximately 18 months of age.  At 18 months our pups go back to school (we call it guide dog college) and start their formal guide dog training.   It’s our job as puppy raisers to teach our puppies when it’s appropriate to play and when it’s time to work.  We also teach our guide dog pups basic obedience, socialization, and good house manners.

If you’re interested in raising a guide dog puppy please let us know by leaving us a comment or send us an email through our contact form.

So what do you think?  Do you have a water dog at home?  What breed is your dog?  How does your dog beat the summer heat?

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  1. Hi Snoopy,

    Giving the puppy back is definitely tough, but it’s all worth it because you know you’re helping another person regain their independence. When I saw our first graduate, Dublin guiding Liz it was one of the most rewarding moments of my life.

    I hope you have a great weekend too!

  2. Hey Colby,

    Archie sure is a cutie!! I’ve not been in a pool – YET!! But I’d love to try it!!

    I know my Mum would love to raise a Guide Dog Puppy, but she so doesn’t think she could handle the ‘giving the puppy back bit’ – You guys sure are the best!!

    Have a fun weekend,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  3. 50% is pretty good! I have one Lab that fears the water and one Australian Shepherd mix that will splash around, but that’s about it.

  4. Hi Lyvonne,

    Thank you! We work hard as guide dog puppy raisers, but it’s very rewarding.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. That’s pretty good. High five to Blueberry. Stetson, my black Lab is really the opposite of a water dog.

  6. LOL, I’ve seen your guys in the water…I’ve been raising Labs and so far none have mine have been true water dogs. So I’m still waiting too…

  7. Hi Sugar,

    Yep, I already know you’re a water dog. I’ve seen all of your adventures at the beach. Now if we can only convince Stetson and Linus to take the plunge!

    Take care,

  8. Hi Y’all!

    Just hoppin’ by from Wordless Wednesday to say “hi”.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  9. Blueberry is a selective water dog. That means she has to be really, really hot to allow the water above her chest and her feet must always, always touch the bottom or she flips out.

    Archie is ADORABLE!

  10. I am suppose to have 2 water dogs at home. I’m still waiting for them to realize that they are suppose to be water dogs:)

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