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Puppy In Training TV Ep13 – GDA Puppies And The March Of Dimes

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Just recently, Dublin, my guide dog puppy in training and I had the opportunity to work our guide dog booth at the March of Dimes – Race for Babies.  It’s a great opportunity for us to not only raise awareness about guide dogs and puppy raising, but also to expose Dublin to new situations and experiences.

Lucky for us the March of Dimes race was right up the street from us at Fashion Island in Newport Beach and many of our friends were there to help out including Yuki, Archer, Varrick, and Miles.

So without further adieu here’s this weeks episode of Puppy In Training TV.

Episode 13 – GDA Puppies And The March Of Dimes

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GDA Puppies And The March Of Dimes Transcription

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YEP! That’s me and Dublin walking in super slow motion. Today we’re volunteering at the GDA booth at the March of Dimes – Race For Babies. I’m Colby and I’m with Dublin. Welcome to Episode 13 of Puppy In Training TV.

Guide Dog Puppy Training Starring DUBLIN
With Linus Aussie Shepherd Rescue
Also Colby The Human
And Stetson Career Changed Guide Dog

So now you know were at the March of Dimes Race for Babies you might be wondering what exactly is the March of Dimes. Well…their missionis to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. They carry out this mission through programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy.

There was a lot going on at this event and it was good training for Dublin. We walked around for a while and eventually found the GDA booth.

Dublin’s puppy friends Yuki, Miles, Varrick, and Archer were there helping out as well

There was lots of great information at our booth on Guide Dogs, Puppy Raising, and even a glasses that simulate the different types of blindness.

There was a lot going on in and around our booth. As you can see there was a giant inflatable slide for the kids. Tons of adults and kids running and walking by and many other informational booths up and down the street and there was even a band playing across the street.

When we first arrived Dublin decided to relax for a bit and gnaw on a bone, but it wasn’t before long that we saw a couple clowns come by.

One of the things we like to do with our pups is get them used to all different kinds of people including people dressed up in costume. It looks like Varrick was a little hesitant with this clown. Dublin seems to be the exact opposite and overly excited to meet this clown.

Can you guess who we saw next? None other then the one and only Captain Jack Sparrow! Awesome! another person in costume gave us another chance to socialize Dublin with a strange and new experiences. First Yuki…I think Dublin got a little jealous here.

We have been working on Dublin’s mouthy behavior. He licks and likes to put has mouth on your hands…not quite biting, but not very welcoming either. Training must be paying off because as you can see Dublin is not being mouthy at all with these kids and just rolled over and enjoyed the attention.

Near the end of the day we saw a giant check for over 1.3 million dollars go by…that’s pretty cool!

After a morning of fun with kids, clowns, and Captain Jack we packed up and headed home. I’m glad you joined us for this episode of Puppy In Training TV. I hope you enjoyed it and we’ll see you next time!

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Final Thoughts On GDA Puppies And The March Of Dimes

This was the first year we attended the March of Dimes event and it was a great experience for Dublin.  Even though Dublin was a little excited to meet both the clown and Captain Jack Sparrow I was pleasantly surprised that he didn’t show any fear or hesitation.  On top of meeting people in costume Dublin was absolutely excellent with all the little kids around him.  Again, I was surprised because I thought he’d revert back to his mouthy behavior, but I guess puppy training is paying off as he relaxed and just enjoyed the moment.

I hope you enjoyed Episode 13 GDA Puppies And The March of Dimes!

How’s your puppy training coming along? Have you been working on puppy socialization with your pup?

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  1. Hi Jennifer,

    Sorry for the late response. The Archer I’ve mentioned on the blog was career changed. I haven’t seen another Archer since then, but I’ll do some poking around and see if I can locate him.

    An interesting fact: When I picked up Dublin I received pictures of him from the nursery. I noticed he came from the Star Trek litter and his name at the nursery was Archer after Jonathan Archer from the TV series Enterprise.

    If I find any pictures of Archer the breeder I’ll send them over to you.

    Take care,

  2. Hi Colby,
    I’m a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence. I notice in your blog you have a dog named Archer. Do you know if he is now a breeder? CCI’s Silk had a litter with GDA’s Archer in October, and I have a couple friends raising from this litter. We’re curious what Archer looks like! Any chance you have any details or photos of him? Thanks 🙂

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