With the present technological revolution we continue to experience every day, iPhone and smart phone applications can turn anyone into a techy…and I mean anyone! It’s easy to navigate, fun to use, and fast for people on the go. “iDog” is the latest app available in the iTunes app store for those interested in Guide Dogs and Puppies in training.
The app includes links to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blogs, Tips, Contacts, Photos, and more. This is the best app for those interested in becoming puppy raisers or who want to see how the process works, and what the puppies look like in action. Download the app on your phone from this link to see what it’s all about! http://tinyurl.com/kt55jt
After their last holiday celebration, the Halloween Party at Avamere Rehab, I expected the Puppy Club to host an entertaining evening for the puppies. Instead, it was a visit to the Valley River Center mall…on Puppy Pics with Santa night! Unfortunately, the puppies were not allowed to participate, but did bring a lot of holiday spirit and joy to the shoppers admiring the puppies practicing their guiding skills. Photos capture the experience of taking laps around the mall with the puppies, who were very well-behaved and proved that dogs really could shop themselves. It made me think twice about if I needed a guide dog to do my shopping for me!
Guide dog puppies in training are a hot commodity right now on the internet…mostly because they are so darn cute! Technology has helped people become more educated about the program that has been installed in various states and even expanded into other countries worldwide. Different states have specific programs for guide dog training, so it is exciting to see how these aspects differ from those in your local area. Eugene, Or hosts the Guide Dogs for Lane County Puppies in Training and they meet weekly to train the puppies and help them become more familiar with social environments. The program encourages trainers to help socialize the dogs and bring them out in the community. Pinterest is the perfect way to see these puppies in action, and take a look at the cutest photographs of these sweet, well-behaved puppies! And don’t forget to read the amazing stories about heroic guide dogs who have done incredible deeds for their blind partners, including a guide dog for a blind dog!
The puppies in training for Guide Dogs for Lane County visited the patients at Avamere Rehab for their annual Halloween party. Trainers dressed up the puppies in festive costumes and helped them become more accustomed to interacting with different people, and learning new skills to better their abilities for working with blind individuals.
In the spirit of Halloween, I got to attend a festive costume party with the Guide Dog puppies in training at the Avamere Rehab in Eugene. Avamere Rehab It is a nursing home that welcomes outside activities from groups like the Guide Dogs of Lane County to come and bring joy to the live in residents. The patients could play with the puppies and I loved watching how overjoyed they were to be with animals. Because of their proper Guide Dog training, the puppies were so well behaved and calm around the patients, so the patients were never frightened and always comfortable to pet the puppies and play with them.
It was a great experience to be participating in the activity and really be in the moment with my video subjects, but this made it very difficult to get accurate, different angled shots, both close up and wide shots. With this, I used a more portable tripod that was more moveable and this caused a huge issue for me…I wasn’t able to keep the camera as steady and focused. I think the content I grasped through the video is very decent, but as far as the quality of shots and being able to see the puppies because people were in the way – I had a hard time. Despite my struggles, I had so much fun filming and am so happy I got to videotape a group of dogs with a story that I can’t wait to share.
The best part? I got to play with the little pups when I was off the job.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind, Lane County Chapter, meets at a local park in Eugene, Or to play with and train the puppies.