Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Guide Dog Pups Board Calgary Transit
Twelve young canines being trained by Alberta Guide Dog Services took a ride on a Calgary CTrain today to get accustomed to the sights and sounds of Calgary Transit.
“We’re excited about this training outing,” says Donna Luchak, Puppy Raising Supervisor for the charity.
“We want to teach the puppies a standardized method of accessing the platform and the trains. Blind people with their guide dogs use the CTrain regularly so we want to make things as easy for them and Calgary Transit staff as possible," said Luchak.
This experience will help the four month to 18 month-old dogs to do a better job when they graduate as full-fledged guide dogs.
“We are pleased to help facilitate this important training for these guide dogs, some of whom will ultimately assist our visually impaired customers in future,” said Calgary Transit spokesman Ron Collins from Stampede-Victoria Park CTrain Station.
The guide dog puppies will be accompanied by their human puppy raisers, volunteers who do the basic training with these very special dogs from the time they are eight weeks old.