[nabs-l] update on dog training career. need help!

Peter Donahue pdonahue1 at sbcglobal.net
Tue Aug 17 02:50:00 UTC 2010


Hello Valerie and everyone,

    If you're going to go down that track perhaps you need to reconsider 
your career of choice. One need not have vision to determine when a dog or 
other animal is behaving aggressively. One's ears work well for this 
purpose. Barking, growling, heavy breathing, lunging and other behaviors can 
be heard as well as seen. This believe it or not is one reason why it has 
been difficult for blind individuals to become guide dog instructors. People 
who operate guide dog schools and other animal training facilities believe 
that one can only read a dog visually. This is absolute rubbish!

    I once knew of a blind man that trained guard dogs and did it with 
success and little worries by his employer over his ability to handle 
aggressive dogs. I would seek out some successful blind dog trainers before 
persuing the enrollment process to equip yourself with the ammunission to 
deal with such questions and concerns raised by these outfits. Hope this 
helps.

Peter Donahue


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Valerie Gibson" <valandkayla at gmail.com>
To: <jsorozco at gmail.com>; "National Association of Blind Students mailing 
list" <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Monday, August 16, 2010 7:33 PM
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] update on dog training career. need help!


Joe,

The easy part is reading up to figure out how dogs behave agressively, and i 
could pull out a bunch of dog training books and take notes on what to look 
for in agressive dogs.  Because dogs are visual in agressive situations, for 
the most part, not being able to see would hender me ffrom not knowing when 
to react. Hence bringing along someone who could give me visual feed back. 
They wouldn't be telling me what to do; they would be telling me what the 
dog is doing.

Technically, i could work 300 hours, training obediance courses and not 
dealing with agrssive dogs, then  take a dog training certification test, 
and become nationally certified that way. However my thought was that 
working with the schedule would make  learning to train dogs a bit easier.

So the way i se it, i have two options:

1.  fight to get into the school, which could set me  up with a job apon 
graduation, and teach me how to market myself...all in the course of 40  to 
60 weeks.  It would also add another training certificate under my belt. 
Then after the school, take a national certification test, which consits of 
250 multiple choice questions relating to every part of dog training and 300 
hours of dog traing with 25 percent of that being working at local animal 
shelters.

or

2.  Read every book i can on  dog training to teach myself, go to as many 
dog training workshops and dog training organization meetings as i can, 
apply all of that knowledge in helping people train their dogs, volonteer at 
a shelter until i get to 300 hours, take business classes to learn how to 
market myself, and take that 250 multiple choice question test i was talking 
about.

Option 1 is definitely quicker, but i still want to hear your thoughts

Val

PS, either way, i will be a dog trainer.
On Aug 16, 2010, at 7:14 PM, Joe Orozco wrote:

> Valerie,
>
> I think you'd better find a good way of conveying this to the school.  It
> might be a good idea to learn what characteristics aggressive dogs are
> likely to display and spend time in an instructional setting learning how 
> to
> deal with them, but if I were the school personnel and you said you needed 
> a
> sighted person to accompany you to a client's home, I'd grow suspicious 
> all
> over again about whether or not you would be fit to do the job.  I know
> readers help us successfully complete exams, but this is because without
> readers we sometimes have no way of perceiving the material.  With 
> something
> as hands-on as dog training, I would think you would be prepared to deal
> with a number of scenarios, just as orientation instructors would be
> prepared to work through a number of traveling obstacles without sighted
> assistance.
>
> Best,
>
> Joe
>
> "Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves,
> some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all."--Sam Ewing
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org
> [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Valerie Gibson
> Sent: Monday, August 16, 2010 7:51 PM
> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] update on dog training career. need help!
>
> When dealing with agressive dogs, i would wonder if it would be
> altering the program if i had someone who could see acompany
> me, just to tell me what's going on visually. That wouldn't
> alter the program i would think.  It would be no diferent than
> having a reader read tests.
>
> If i were at a client's house, and there was an agressive dog,
> i could inform the lcient that i was taking someone along with
> me, simply to give me visual feedback so that i could assess
> the situation.
>
> Am i  wrong here?  What do you guys think?
>
> Thank you for your feedback.
>
> Val
> On Aug 16, 2010, at 2:15 PM, Jedi wrote:
>
>> Ug. My brain! Sorry for all those typos folks. Bottom line is
> that the training itself may be fundamentally altered when a
> blind person gets involved, but that's not inherently bad and
> may benefit sighted students.
>>
>> Respectfully,
>> Jedi
>>
>> Original message:
>>> Well, not being able to see might fundamentally alter the way the
>>> training is done. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Blind cane
>>> travel instructors are tained a little differently from sighted ones,
>>> but having that alternative training available has
> revoluationized the
>>> cane travel field. Just some thoughts.
>>
>>> Respectfully,
>>> Jedi
>>
>>> Original message:
>>>> Greetings all,
>>
>>>> I've just contacted the National Federation of the Blind
> headquarters,
>>>> and was put in touch with Charlie  Brown for the problem.
> I gave him a
>>>> rundown of what i told you guys.
>>
>>>> Now, he asks to  see the email that the president and i
> shared. Going
>>>> to do that now, and see what he thinks. He watns to see if he  "can
>>>> push it a bit", given that i wish to start this program in
> the fall of
>>>> 2011.  Depending on what he thinks and what happens, i
> think, he will
>>>> put me in touchwith someone who can help a bit more.
>>
>>>> The only thing that kind of worried me was when his concern about,
>>>> wether being able to see would enterfeer with the
> fundalmental training
>>>> of the program, since programs are allowed to offer reasonable
>>>> accomidations, but don't necissarily have to alter their
> program for you.
>>
>>>> Wish me luck, and I will keep you posted.
>>>> On Aug 15, 2010, at 1:22 PM, Justin Young wrote:
>>
>>>>> Val!
>>
>>>>> Great attitude to have!  Never give up on the dream!
>>>>> Great luck and yes please keep us all informed.
>>
>>>>> Justin
>>
>>>>> On 8/15/10, Valerie Gibson <valandkayla at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> Hi all,
>>
>>>>>> Well, just to be clear, this school does not train guide
> dogs. ittrains
>>>>>> trainers to train your everyday house dog pet.
>>
>>>>>> Because graduation doesn't qualify you as a professional
> dog trainer in some
>>>>>> dog trainer organizations, i plan to take a 250 question
> test that will
>>>>>> qualify me as  a professional dog trainer.  After that, I
> do plan on
>>>>>> training various service dogs.
>>
>>>>>> You are right in that, even though it's not a guide dog
> training school, the
>>>>>> school shoudl consider: what if a blind person gets a
> confrontational pet
>>>>>> dog.  Because it's not a guide dog, this is more likely
> to happen since
>>>>>> around 2 million people rescue dogs a year in ameria.
>>
>>>>>> I love reading what you all have to say, and tomorrow i
> plan to contact the
>>>>>> national headquarters.  I will keep you all posted.
>>
>>>>>> Thank you all so much for your support in this.  Right
> now, my own family is
>>>>>> hesitant to support me, which shouldn't be suprising but
> is nevertheless.
>>>>>> It helps to have the support from the NFB.
>>
>>
>>>>>> Keep the comments coming, if you have any, and inthe mean
> time i'll kep you
>>>>>> guys posted.  Who knows, there may be someone who's
> thought about becoming a
>>>>>> dog trainer out there but hasn't due to their
> blindness.On Aug 15, 2010, at
>>>>>> 11:33 AM, Arielle Silverman wrote:
>>
>>>>>>> Hi Val and all,
>>
>>>>>>> I think it's pretty crazy that some of the worst
> discrimination we
>>>>>>> face is from fields dedicated to improving the lives of
> blind people,
>>>>>>> such as O&M teaching and guide dog training. The
> underlying attitude
>>>>>>> is that blind people should be recipients of specialized
> services, but
>>>>>>> cannot be the service providers. I think this battle is even more
>>>>>>> important to fight because it is unacceptable in my mind
> that people
>>>>>>> who train guide dogs for the blind feel the need to discriminate
>>>>>>> against blind trainers. For that matter, how does this
> school expect
>>>>>>> its blind students to defend themselves in situations
> where their dog
>>>>>>> may be attacked by another animal that is "aggressive and
>>>>>>> confrontational"?
>>
>>>>>>> Arielle
>>
>>>>>>> On 8/14/10, Beth <thebluesisloose at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>>>> Val,
>>>>>>>> I really love your attitude.  I'm not going to make
> people like me for
>>>>>>>> what I want to do for women, so I'm just going to go to
> school and
>>>>>>>> becomea social worker for women in battered women's
> shelters.  So what
>>>>>>>> if people say I can't stqand a cowering woman and a big
> violent guy?
>>>>>>>> I'm tiny, really tiny, and I think short people have pretty big
>>>>>>>> brains, mind you.  This goes to show that it's all about one's
>>>>>>>> attitude.
>>>>>>>> Beth
>>
>>>>>>>> On 8/14/10, Valerie Gibson <valandkayla at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>>>>> I also do not agree with cuting my losses to this
> school, simply bcause
>>>>>>>>> of
>>>>>>>>> the aftermath, for a couple of reasons.
>>
>>>>>>>>> 1.  I've looked into other dog training schools, and
> this one seems to
>>>>>>>>> be
>>>>>>>>> the best. it offers hands-on training over a lot of
> subjects related to
>>>>>>>>> dog
>>>>>>>>> training as well as dog care such as neutrition,
> health problems in
>>>>>>>>> breeds,
>>>>>>>>> etc.
>>
>>>>>>>>> 2.  If i asked a sighted person to find a carreer that
> they liked, then
>>>>>>>>> find
>>>>>>>>> a school that would help them achieve that job, then
> told them, "now
>>>>>>>>> take
>>>>>>>>> that school, and forget about it. find the second
> best.", they would
>>>>>>>>> most
>>>>>>>>> likely tell me to take a long walk off of a short peer.
>>
>>>>>>>>> Sighted people have professors that may not like them
> in universities,
>>>>>>>>> and
>>>>>>>>> that does not mean that they should switch classes.
>>
>>>>>>>>> Even after my schooling, i'm going to be faced with
> people who do not
>>>>>>>>> approve of my job vhoice, and even more who will not
> allow me to train
>>>>>>>>> their
>>>>>>>>> dogs due to blindness. I might as well get used to it.
>>
>>>>>>>>> I am going into the school to gain the knowledge and
> foundation that i
>>>>>>>>> need
>>>>>>>>> to become a successful dog trainer, and i'm not asking
> anyone to like me
>>>>>>>>> for
>>>>>>>>> it.
>>>>>>>>> On Aug 14, 2010, at 8:49 PM, Joe Orozco wrote:
>>
>>>>>>>>>> Mark,
>>
>>>>>>>>>> I don't know that I completely agree with finding
> another school that
>>>>>>>>>> might
>>>>>>>>>> be more welcoming and allowing actions to speak for
> themselves.  It's a
>>>>>>>>>> good
>>>>>>>>>> thought if only because it will move along Valerie's
> career, but not
>>>>>>>>>> fighting it simply because a victory might expose her
> to an awkward
>>>>>>>>>> environment afterward is not good enough to let it
> go.  A few years ago
>>>>>>>>>> I
>>>>>>>>>> sued a Chinese bus carrier after they gave me a hard
> time about my
>>>>>>>>>> guide
>>>>>>>>>> dog
>>>>>>>>>> on what became three consecutive occasions.  On the
> first two occasions
>>>>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>>>>> situation became a nuisance involving the police.  I
> fought it and
>>>>>>>>>> successfully took my trips to and from New York from
> DC, but the
>>>>>>>>>> traveling
>>>>>>>>>> consisted of a lot of dirty looks and hateful
> muttering.  On the third
>>>>>>>>>> attempt I was not even allowed to board the bus, but
> by then the case
>>>>>>>>>> was
>>>>>>>>>> already well on its way to federal court.  My point
> is that the current
>>>>>>>>>> school will not learn from Valerie going away.
> Finding another school
>>>>>>>>>> while
>>>>>>>>>> still pursuing action with the current campus is one
> option, but I hope
>>>>>>>>>> something will become of this situation.  I do not
> know Valerie
>>>>>>>>>> personally.
>>>>>>>>>> I assume she meets all the other qualifications
> associated with
>>>>>>>>>> enrollment
>>>>>>>>>> and that the only reason enrollment is being denied
> is that she cannot
>>>>>>>>>> see.
>>>>>>>>>> If so, it's an issue that needs to be rectified if
> for no other reason
>>>>>>>>>> than
>>>>>>>>>> that the opportunity needs to exist for future blind
> applicants.  I
>>>>>>>>>> don't
>>>>>>>>>> know if my friendly little bus people would allow
> people to board their
>>>>>>>>>> buses with service animals these days, but I know
> they'll at least
>>>>>>>>>> think
>>>>>>>>>> twice before saying "no."
>>
>>>>>>>>>> Best,
>>
>>>>>>>>>> Joe
>>
>>>>>>>>>> "Hard work spotlights the character of people: some
> turn up their
>>>>>>>>>> sleeves,
>>>>>>>>>> some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at
> all."--Sam Ewing
>>
>>
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