Guide Dog Pup, Jerry
Jerry is a black Labrador who is currently undergoing his formal Guide Dog training in Launceston, along with his brother Jacob. Before entering this part of his training, he lived with his volunteer Puppy Raiser near Launceston. He’s a gorgeous and gentle boy who adapts quickly to change and tries his very best!
Can you believe it? Along with my brother, Jacob, I have officially graduated as a Guide Dog! I am told I will be matched with someone who has a vision impairment very shortly. I am very excited to start this next part of my career, as an actual working Guide Dog!
You can read about the day I officially graduated here, and you can even watch the moment I swapped my “Learner coat” for “working harness”.
Thank you everyone for following my journey. I am now off to do amazing things.
I am writing you a quick note to tell you all how my Guide Dog training is going! The answer is: very well! I’m advancing every day and always eager to put my harness on and go out for my morning walk. I’m responding well to additional commands, including formal turns. Soon, I’ll be learning more commands and walks in more complex areas.
I also got to be part of the first “Test Drive a Guide Dog” event in Launceston recently. Along with some of the older pups and Guide Dogs in Training, I got to meet young vision impaired Tasmanians who may be interested in applying for a Guide Dog in the future. How exciting! I really hope I showed them how fantastic it is working with a Guide Dog (almost) like me.
I am writing to you from Longford where I have been in boarding for a while. I have two new friends in the house-hold; one who has taken some time to accept me (we’re ok now), and the other who loves to play! She is left behind often when I go to work to do my training to be a Guide Dog, but she gets over it pretty quickly.
I have been to so many different places lately, all of which have been to increase my acceptance of any situation I may face in the future with someone who needs guiding. Let me name a few: visiting friends, listening to music in the park, to the movies, city walks with shopping, travelling in different types of vehicles, learning to swim in the dam on the farm, long long walks (some free, some on lead), and group get-togethers with the other Guide Dog puppies, for whom I feel their mentor as I am the eldest!
My favourite thing is just spending time with my family. I have learnt to be accepting of change and I know that with all I have experienced, the next part of my training will continue happily and successfully.
Cheers for now and looking forward to the next phase in my life as a Guide Dog.
Well, I’m nearly two years old. Can you believe it? Sometimes, I can’t believe how much I’ve learnt and how much I’ve grown up. My Puppy Raiser and everyone at Guide Dogs have been very kind to me and I try to make them very proud whenever I have my coat on. Because I’m getting older, it will be my turn to go into training soon. I’ll be sad to say farewell to my family here, but I’ve been working pretty hard at becoming a Guide Dog, so I really am looking forward to my formal training and hopefully, hopefully, to the day when I can meet my vision impaired handler. I feel like I’ve been waiting for that person, just like they have been waiting for me. I’ll continue to try my hardest to make it!