Winnipeg volunteers prepared 8 future guide dogs

8 future guide dogs are already preparing to leave Winnipeg for their next stage of training.

Jane McSwiggan explains that she has been training Grace, an 11-month-old golden retriever, since April. In February, Grace is going to leave for further studies and it will be very difficult for a woman to say goodbye.

Jane joined this program in 2017. She had a cat and she had no idea what it was like to have a dog but she really wanted to help.

"I've always wanted to do something like this — to have a puppy and to raise a puppy, and so when I saw that CNIB was actually beginning to develop the program here, I put my name in right away," the woman said.

Many people who need a guide dog often find a good option outside Canada, as local dogs do not have a good level of training. Now there are about 50 dogs in the program, they have all completed the initial training plan and are ready to continue their professional training.

The curator of the program said that she plans to find 60 puppies for the new year and to prepare them for training with the help of volunteers.

"If we didn't have volunteers we would not be training as many dogs," she said. "There's so many people that want and need a guide dog and they just haven't been able to get one yet. So we're just helping alleviate some of the wait times."

The work of the volunteer is to teach the dog to be adapted to communicate with people, to understand all the main commands and to know how to behave in society.

"Socialization is a big part of it. If they don't get socialized early enough then they can be scared of a lot of things," said Critch.

Volunteers need to work with the dog for at least two hours a day and to work out different scenarios. They must be over 18 years old and it is desirable to have a house with a fenced territory.

Jane McSwiggan also added:

"I have to be very responsible for her and that sometimes can be a hard thing, when other people want to spend time with her and treat her like a pet. I've taken her everywhere. She's managed the bus, she's managed busy downtowns, sirens, noises."

The next stage of training will teach the dog to be the eyes of a person.

"They'll learn to find the curb, locate empty chairs, locate buttons, and just really be sound and not nervous in any sort of situation."- Critch explained.

Training lasts about 4-5 months and about 60% of the dogs go through it very successfully. The remaining dogs will become ambassador or buddy dogs.

Volunteers receive full support for the program during dog training: they are helped with getting veterinary services and buying good food for the pet.

MORE NEWS:Wildlife Haven building welcomes two new pelicans

If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Lightning strike
Friday evening a grass fire in Winnipeg's Tuxedo Industrial neighbourhood halted train traffic and damaged multiple Hydro poles after it was set off by lightning. Around 7:45 p.m. fire crews got to the scene at Kenaston Boulevard at Lindenwood Drive East. Crews had it under control by around 8:20 p.m., the spokesperson wrote. The lightning and the fire damaged several Hydro poles and train traffic was halted in the area as a precaution. As of now, there is...
Declawing Ban
A historic day for felines in our province as Manitoba's veterinarians voted to officially ban the practice of declawing. Manitoba is the sixth province in Canada that has banned the practice of non-medically necessary partial digital amputation (PDA), better known as cat declawing. Alberta banned it in March, Newfoundland and Labrador banned it in January, and British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia banned it in 2018. The Manitoba vote clo...
Pet Adoption
Doggy daycares across Winnipeg are filling up fast, February and March is pretty much the peak season for daycare and boarding. But still, even after the winter is over, there are many pets waiting to be adopted and find a new home. Fosters and supplies are always needed to help support the animals being taken care of by animal shelters. When you actually decide that you and your family members are ready to adopt a dog, make sure you consider the costs of...
Adopt a Pet
Animal shelters are full of animals that are just waiting for someone to take care of them and bring them to a place they can feel safe at and could call it home. Many people would like to help and adopt a dog or other pets. But the question is - Are you ready to adopt a dog? Much time, thought and research should go into your decision – after all, your dog will be living with you for the next 10-20 years. Please think carefully about the following: Food c...
animal cruelty
Animal shelters are full of animals that are just waiting for someone to take care of them and bring them to a place they can feel safe at and could call it home. Doggy daycares across Winnipeg are filling up fast, there are many pets waiting to be adopted. Volunteers are working hard to help as much as they can to save and protect the animals that ended up on the street, people donate and contribute with food and other things for homeless pets and as far...
Bad Service
The city authorities dispatched multiple crews and road construction equipment to get the streets and roads cleaned up and safe to drive. Normally the cleaning crews would leave some warning signs on the road a few days before their arrival to notify locals in advance and for them not to park their vehicles in this area. Cars parked along the curb on the street may be in the way of cleaning machinery or completely blocking some parts of the street. But, ap...
Incidents
I’m sure, everyone likes to drive to the parking lot and find the open spot to park close to the entrance. But the reality today is the parking space is hard to find near popular locations, like big stores and shopping malls, you either get lucky to catch one or, most likely, need to wait for one to open or cruise around to find it. Costco stores are definitely a good example of a constantly busy parking lot, so people have to park just where they can and,...
Fire
A fire is always a scary and dangerous thing, people might get hurt or killed, especially children and elderly citizens since they are not able to react fast and evacuate the building by themselves. Especially, if the fire happens at the restaurant full of people of different ages from small children to older citizens. The Winnipeg firefighters had to deal with thick smoke, intense heat and other dangerous conditions when they fought the flame inside the r...
Wost Road
Winnipeg authorities published a list of streets and roads that will be repaired this year. At least 56 streets and 11 back alleys likely won’t be fixed in Winnipeg this year, thanks to funding spat between the City and the Province. The votes – which were submitted via Facebook and CAA’s website – were based on the following criteria: traffic congestion, potholes/crumbling pavement, the timing of traffic lights, pedestrian/cycling safety, and poor signs o...