Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Book Review: This Month's Bark Magazine Discusses Service Dog Breeding Programs and More

This month's Bark Magazine features two articles on how dog's become service dogs offering a great deal of history on the Guide Dog shift to carefully managed breeding programs as the primary source for guide dog candidates and the life of a puppy raiser. The Making of a Guide Dog is available online. I found this article particularly poignant, because this week I have been reading Dogs: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior & Evolution wherein the authors express very strong, though, not wholly unfounded opinions about the general shift by service dog programs to breeding programs. (I will post more on this book later). The second article Puppy Raisers Wanted shares about the role of puppy raisers in the lives of potential service dogs. Unfortunately, this article is not available. After having raised two puppies for service dog work, I want to say to all long term puppy raisers/walkers, thank you for all that you do!

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