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Guide Dogs that don't pass the training

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foxy6 Sun 28-Jul-13 12:58:20

we had a visit at school recently for guide dogs for the blind and they brought 2 dogs with them 1 was in training. and the other had failed due to the fact that he wouldn't walk through puddles. I asked what happened to failed dogs and she said most of them get kept buy their puppy walkers.

lainiekazan Sat 27-Jul-13 17:02:02

Ds's friend's mum trains guide dogs. I rang her up and asked her about this as I thought this would be a good option for us. She said they hardly ever come up, and the puppy walkers get first dibs. In fact she kept one who didn't make it (excessive barking).

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 27-Jul-13 12:55:34

y parents adopted a retired Guide Dog years back.
They had friends who Puppy Walked and one of their 'walkees' went through all his training.....then it was touch and go because they found out he was diabetic.
Though the GDA pays their vet bills , it was difficult to find an owner who would take on a dog with the daily needs of a diabetic dog.
Doggie landed on his paws and found his new match- a retired Dr -who could recognise the symptoms even without being able to see them.
And do the vital injections.

SallyBear Sat 27-Jul-13 07:56:12

There was a dog for the disabled who had been retired last month due to medical reasons. He has epilepsy. The charity have offered to pay his ongoing vet bills.

handcream Fri 26-Jul-13 20:58:20

I have also heard that there is a long waiting list for them. Not surprising really. Would be interested in how long you actually need to wait.

portraitoftheartist Fri 26-Jul-13 20:44:33

There's also the possibility of taking a retired Guide Dog as a pet. I know two, one retired at 9 but the other one was only 6. Both very laid back, well- behaved dogs who settled in very easily.

Lonecatwithkitten Fri 26-Jul-13 19:42:47

The ones I have meet have been though it is a long wait. Often their puppy walker takes them. I have heard an up to 6 year wait and I am right by head office.

Frettchen Fri 26-Jul-13 17:34:25

I've not got one, but I've met a few.

Ultimately it depends on why they've not passed their training. If it's a temperament issue it doesn't mean they're not suitable to be a pet dog, just that there might be a bit of extra work to do with them in training. If it's a health thing, or a problem with their toilet training (i.e. I know of one GD who failed partly due to coprophagia - i.e. eating its own poo) then it depends on whether you want to take that on.

All the same - if you like retrievers (Lab, Golden or a mix of the two - there are G.Shepherds too, and some other breeds, but the vast majority will be the retrievers) then I would say go for it. They're great dogs and all from good bloodlines, responsibly bred.

sidsgranny Fri 26-Jul-13 14:18:46


Just wondered if anyone had any experience of re-homing a guide dog that has not passed the training. Do they make good pets?

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