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The Guide Dogs of America Open House is held every June in Sylmar, California. This year Dublin, my guide dog puppy in training and I attended the event.
There’s a ton of stuff going on at the GDA open house. Puppies in training have the opportunity to participate in the puppy trials (we arrived too late and I didn’t get a chance to take Dublin through the trials this year).
There’s also a silent auction with tons of goodies for dogs, cats, other pets, and tons of cool stuff for us humans as well. There’s several booths with…you guessed it tons of doggy stuff for sale.
Guide Dogs of America also does a guide dog training demo. There are tours of the campus and also tons of other goodies are given away in the GDA raffle.
I’m sure I’m missing other cool things that happen on this awesome day.
We were able to put together our most recent puppy training video starring Dublin in Episode 15 – Guide Dogs of America Open House. Check it out:
Episode 15 – Guide Dogs of America Open House
Here’s this weeks episode of Puppy In Training TV. If you’d like to sponsor an episode take a look at the Puppy In Training TV Sponsorship page.
Guide Dogs Of America Open House Transcription
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We recently made our way back to Sylmar for the Guide Dogs of America Open House. That’s Dublin standing at the gates of GDA and I’m Colby welcome to episode 15 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
We’re back at GDA campus and that’s Dublin hopping up on stage. We’ll see him there again later. Do you remember the last time Dublin and I posed out in front of the Guide Dogs of America sign? If you guessed back during episode 1 puppy pickup day then you’d be correct.
When we arrived at GDA we walked down that very same hill from episode 1 towards the Silent Auction As we mosied on down we saw this pup working on his “Get Busy” command You might also notice his handler petting him while he potty’s. Puppy raisers pet their pups when they potty. Why you might ask? Because when they become formal guides this helps their vision impaired handler determine if their pup is going #1 or #2.
Ahhh…the GDA Silent Auction. There’s always great stuff here. Tons of stuff for dogs, but that’s not all their are usually gift baskets for just about anybody from Laker fans, to cat lovers, to wine tastings, to restaurant and golf outings, and of course you can find something for your puppy…including a little bit of attention from a fellow puppy raiser
This years theme was june in bloom and some of the pups got quite festive
Open house is a great time to see future guide pups in training!
Every year at open house Guide Dogs of America sets up a beautiful stage to match the years theme…perfect photo op. Here’s a short clip of Dublin posing with his two siblings Daisy and Denali. Can you tell which one is Dublin?
Our puppies are given a chance to show off their obedience skills and tolerance to distractions at the puppy trials. Unfortunately we showed up late and missed the puppy trials, but still got to see that llama dublin was just staring at, a horse. We even got dublin up close and personal with a few chickens.
While we were hanging out by the chickens Dublin was a good boy and remained in a down-stay while he received a few pets
This little guy was all tuckered out after a long day at GDA open house.
As we were walking out Dublin told me he could work as a guide just like the other pups working in the lobby so I told him to show me a sit stay…pretty good Dublin, but I think you have to be a little more still to take one of their jobs.
After a long day at the Guide Dogs of America open house Dublin relaxed for the car ride home. thanks for joining us and we’ll see you next time!
Our Final Thoughts On Guide Dogs of America Open House
We love attending the Guide Dogs of America Open House every year. Although we did not get an opportunity to go through the puppy trials we did see all the items at the silent auction (unfortunately, no bidding for us this year). We also got to work on Dublin’s guide dog puppy training by seeing unusual distractions like the llama’s, horses, and chickens. We also got to work on his meet and greets which in general is an area we need to work on. However, today he was absolutely awesome with his meet and greets. Dublin surprises me again!
Dublin was much improved from his day at the Universal City Walk. I’m hoping his behavior on the train, tram, and bus during our visit to the city walk was an anomaly.
I’m glad you were able to join our puppy in training tv blog post. If you have any questions or suggestions for an episode please leave us a comment in the comment section below. Oh yeah…after you watched the video do you know which puppy was Dublin on the stage?
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