Meet Bandit! Isn’t he adorable!? This handsome little guy came into our lives just a few weeks ago and he is part of The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides program.
Bandit is one of the lucky pups who has been chosen for the incredibly noble task of being a guide dog. He is a Borador-half Border Collie, half Labrador mix. He is three months old, full of energy and more than eager to please! Over the course of 18 months he will be trained and socialized. We will inevitably fall in love with him and letting go will be a difficult task. However, we know that he will be going to someone who needs him more!
Purpose of the Program
This amazing program seeks to train puppies for the following purposes:
- Canine vision-For those who are blind or visually impaired.
- Hearing ear-For those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Service-For those who have a physical disability.
- Seizure response-For people who have epilepsy.
- Autism assistance-For those who have autism spectrum disorder.
- Diabetic alert-For people who have type one diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness.
The Fostering Process
This program was established to help with the care of future Dog Guides between the age of seven weeks to approximately 12-14 months. During this time they are temporarily adopted by a foster family.
Throughout their time together, the puppy attends mandatory training classes and is socialized with the intention of preparing them for common settings that they will encounter on a daily basis. After successfully completing the program the puppies are screened for both physical soundness and temperament. Once they pass, they are paired with a handler for the final training phase. Finally, they become working dogs and are matched with someone who needs their assistance.
For more information about this amazing program, and how you can become a foster parent check out the video below.