OWL visits the Dog Guide Training Centre
Recently, OWL Magazine reader Jack visited the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides Training Centre in Oakville, Ontario.
He met some amazing dog guides and their owners.
Check out the video here:
Nice reporting, Jack!
Post your comments and questions about Jack’s video.
I like the video. Did you get to play with the dogs?
You can’t pet them when they are in training or wearing their special vest but I did get to play with them when I was outside in their recess area.
Awesome job, Jack!
Great investigative reporting. Learned a lot from this video!
Thanks Jack! That was a fun video. Great job reporting.
Great reporting! Where do they get the dogs for this program?
They breed the future dog guides at their facility in Breslau, Ontario.
I just received this comment via email:
Thanks Jack, I learned a lot from your video. I always wondered how a dog could help with the hearing impaired and your questions were spot on. Thanks again. – Maureen
Good job, Jack.
That’s awesome, nice job, Jack!
Betsy’s such an amazing dog.
Hey, Jack – amazing job on your report!
Hanging out with all of those dogs must have been awesome! I know it would be really hard to pick, but did you have a favourite dog of the ones that you met?
I like all of them. One I do like the most is the labs because it is like my dog.
Wow, nice job Jack! I love dogs too!
Excellent report!!! I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!
A genius at work. Go Jack!
Awesome video report Jack!
What kind of dog is Betsy?
I like dogs more than cats.
Betsey is a miniature poodle.
Betsey here says: “I like that I’m not really tiny, but I’m not huge… Because one of my parents is a Mini Poodle, and the other is a Standard Poodle. Don’t worry, I’m definitely still 100% full of Poodle power!”
Great interviewing skills Jack! You look like a natural. Very informative and love the clip!
Hi Jack. That was fun to watch. Were you tempted to bring a dog home with you?
I wish I could. But I have a dog
I wish I could. But I have a dog.
These dogs are awesome! It’s as if they’re just as smart as humans! (Maybe they are). I also loved how a dog can be just as helpful as being a caring and affectionate dog. Very helpful video too!
I believe Betsey is super smart. She knows 12 signs and/or phrases in American Sign Language (ASL). Betsey was trained for 7 sounds and learned an 8th sound all by herself, which happened to be a carbon monoxide (CO2) alarm and somehow she knew it was special like the fire-alarm so she took me outside.
Awesome work, Jack!
Great work, Jack!!! My kids and I really enjoyed the report!
Great video Jack! What was it like being a reporter?
It was awesome! I hope I can do it again sometime.
Great report, Jack!!!!! My brother and I enjoyed very much the video report.
Great job Jack ! Very impressed with your reporting …. great questions, very informative !!
Well done, Jack! I do volunteer work at CNIB and see lots of these dog guides helping people.
Can Bridgette hear a little? She seemed to understand your questions when you asked her. Her and Betsy look like best friends.
Her and Betsy are great great friends!
She can hear a little bit in a quiet environment but she can read lips too, so I made sure to face her when asking her the Questions.
Hi Jack – great job! I have always loved guide dogs.
I’m wondering if you know some other tasks that guide dogs do for people with different disabilities?
I know it was addressed to Jack, but I’m ready with some answers too, so I hope you don’t mind me helping out with this question…
Dog Guides of Canada have a variety of programs for different needs, for such as stated below:
~ blind/visually impaired
~ mobility challenges
~ diabetes (certain types) **newest program**
Great interview Jack. I was supposed to visit the facility back in May but was unable to go. It was nice to see your report and learn some of the facts that I missed out on learning back in May.
nice! Looks like a cool place to go!
Very well done Jack! You are a natural in front of the camera too. I loved seeing Betsy in action.
Awesome job Jack. Very informative. Do they feed the dogs a special diet??
Thank you Jack for providing this wonderful glimpse into the world of service dogs. I enjoyed seeing how a service dog can help a person who is hearing impaired. It would be great if you could do a companion piece on service dogs for people with visual impairments and/or autism. It’s great that you and Owl have been able to show people how they should respond to service dogs (ie not to touch them when they are working) and how they help people with disabilities. Thank you for this education.
Dog Guides eat Purina Pro Plan dog food. Purina is one of the biggest supporters of Dog Guides and donates thousands of pounds of dog food and treat each year to make sure the Dog Guides in training eat well!
Natalie did a wonderful job answering, and I’d like to add to it as well…
These service dogs are trained not to take human food, because some of the yummy things that are good for us are bad for them, such as grapes, raisins, onions and garlic, and certain nuts and/or seeds. Peanut butter seems okay for most dogs, and some people will use it as a special treat. (Chocolate can really hurt them, even if we can’t see anything wrong at first.)
Great information Jack! You did a superb job of interviewing and reporting.
Jack did an amazing job! I have always wondered how they train guide dogs. My boyfriend and I are thinking about getting a dog so I have been looking up all different kinds of dog training in Baltimore. I never grew up with a dog so I want to make sure I can properly train him or her. Thanks for the great video!