[nagdu] Getting a dog guide
Mark J. Cadigan
kramc11 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 26 00:04:03 UTC 2013
I am a college student, so my training experience may be different than
yours. The Instructor works with you for 15 days. Yes, you do get your dog
on the first day, however, it is just spent doing paperwork, teaching you
how to care for the dog, and bonding with the dog. No, there are no lectures
as such that they give you before hand, however, on the first day they give
you a packet of information to go over. This may have changed in the past
two years since I received my dog, however, all the information was in
print, not terribly accessible, so, you will either have to ask the
instructor, or someone else, to read it to you, or scan it like I did.
Each day, the instructor will work with you at minimum for 5 or so hours,
however, I don't know if there is some sort of set formula to determent how
long the two of you work together on any given day. On the first day the
instructor brings you the essentials for caring for your dog, from memory
they were 2 dog boles, 30lbs of dog food, a chew toy, pick up bags, a brush,
the leash and harness, and, a mat for the dog to lie on.
Feel free to email me with any further questions,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Shelby Young" <blindatbirth at gmail.com>
To: "NAGDU Mailing List,the National Association of Guide Dog Users"
<nagdu at nfbnet.org>
Cc: "NAGDU Mailing List,the National Association of Guide Dog Users"
<nagdu at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 5:38 PM
Subject: Re: [nagdu] Getting a dog guide
> Hi Mark,
> How long did they come train you for? How many hours a day was it? Did
> they have class lectures or materials they wanted you to read over? When
> the trainer got there, did you get your dog on the first day?
> Thanks for answering my questions.
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Sep 25, 2013, at 4:23 PM, "Mark J. Cadigan" <kramc11 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Shelby,
>> I have a Fidelco guide dog. Others will bad mouth the school due to a
>> poorly worded ownership policy, and an incident of them reclaiming a dog
>> under circumstances that have never been fully explained to anyone. That
>> being said, I have never had a problem with them, nor have several people
>> I know who are also Fidelco clients.
>> Like all living things, my dog is not perfect, and has good days and bad.
>> Sometimes he does things that are not ideal, however, 95% of the time,
>> his work is spot on, and I have never had a significant issue with his
>> The schools give you all the essentials, thus making the startup cost
>> essentially zero. However, you may choose to get some things such as an
>> air tight dog food storage container, a tray to go under the dog boles,
>> or a dog bed. All of these things are useful, but not essential.
>> Something to think about when considering a guide dog is cost. Some of
>> the recurring costs to consider are:
>> Food (monthly approximately $80)
>> Vet (yearly approximately $150)
>> Grooming (monthly approximately 25)
>> Supplements, flee and tick preventative, ETC (annually $250 EST.)
>> These recurring cost will vary depending on several external factors and
>> will be different for each dog guide handler.
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Shelby Young"
>> <blindatbirth at gmail.com>
>> To: <nagdu at nfbnet.org>
>> Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 4:48 PM
>> Subject: [nagdu] Getting a dog guide
>>> Hello everyone,
>>> I do not have a guide dog yet, but in considering getting one. I have
>>> posted on the blind parents list and blind parents group on Facebook, so
>>> if this is a repeat I apologize.
>>> Where did you get your dog from? Where would you consider getting your
>>> dog from? What breed of dog do you like the best, why and why not? Do
>>> you have children while using your dog? What things what I need to
>>> purchase for my dog before hand, and what things do the schools usually
>>> I am looking into Fidelco guide dogs foundation or leader dogs for the
>>> blind. I talk to Fidelco and like that they do and community placement.
>>> I have a son, almost 14 months old and don't have the option to leave
>>> him for at least two weeks. I spoke with leader dogs and they said they
>>> could come to my home as well. They only do that on special
>>> circumstances though. Leader dogs will send me the class lectures before
>>> hand so I can master them. Does anyone have any thoughts on either of
>>> these schools? Please let me know the good, the bad and the ugly.
>>> I am not completely set on getting a guy, it's just something I am
>>> looking into and would like as much information as possible.
>>> I apologize for any typing mistakes, I'm using dictation on my phone and
>>> don't have the time to go fix everything.
>>> Sent from my iPhone
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