Guide Dogs Of America Open House Reminder

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A short while ago I wrote an article about the Guide Dogs of America Open House. I just wanted to remind everyone that the GDA Open House will be this Saturday from 10:45pm to 4:00pm. It’s a fun event and there are lots and lots of Puppies In Training walking around. Some of activities I remember from last year were the puppy trials, guide dog demonstration, raffle, auction, and dog/puppy merchandise.

If you have a working Service dog or a puppy in training they are welcome to this event. However, all pets and career change dogs must stay at home.

GDA Open House Schedule

  • 11:30-2pm – Puppy Trials
  • 1:00pm – Guide Dog Demonstration
  • 2:30pm – Silent Auction closes
  • Tours (every 30 min).

Here are the details for the GDA Open house:

What: Guide Dogs of America 60th Anniversary Open House
GDA Campus, 13445 Glenoaks Boulevard Sylmar, CA 91342
Saturday, June 14th, 2008, 10:45am – 4:00pm

In our May meeting we had practice puppy trials during our monthly meeting.  Unfortunately, Stetson was already In For Training, but I did get a chance to snap a couple photos.

Puppy Trial Practice

The first photo is our group going through basic commands.  During the puppy trials you have to do most of the basic commands including “Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, and “Down”.

Vet Check

The second photo is a simulation of the vet check station at the puppy trials.  Your puppy has to walk up steps to a table then gets checked out by a vet.  In this situation they look at the ears, eyes, mouth, paws, and nails.  In general they are making sure your puppy is accepting in being handled by a stranger.

Puppy Obstacle

This third and final photo shows Nyah about to walk over an obstacle.  Your puppies need to be able to walk over all kinds of surfaces.  Last year I remember Stetson had to walk across I believe it was that popcorn they use for packing boxes.  In this image Nyah has to walk across dog food.  This situation is probably more difficult then the obstacle she’ll come across at the puppy trials.

There are many other obstacles at the trials including a bus, farm animals, and other crazy things (I think there were hot dogs dangling from strings last year).  I’ll let you find out the rest of the obstacles by attending the open house.

This is the 21st annual open house and Guide Dogs of America’s 60th Diamond Anniversary.  I’ll be there for a good part of the day.  I hope to see you there too.

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  1. I haven’t gotten any updates on Stetson. No news is good news from what I hear.

    I’m kind of bummed out because we were late to the open house…it took us over 2 hours (should only be about an hour) to get to the open house and we just missed the Guide Dog demo. Kelly’s puppy raiser Jan, told us that Stetson’s buddy Dustin was in the demo and was great…I’m so sad I missed it. Dustin has been writing to his blog through post cards he sends to his puppy raisers Ann and Jim.

    Here’s his blog if you want to check it out: Dustin Yellow Lab

    Other than being late and missing the Guide Dog demo we had a good time at the open house. We went on the tour, saw lots of puppies in training, had some food, and checked out all of the auction items, but didn’t win anything this year.

    I’ll keep you posted as soon as I hear anything on Stetson’s progress.

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