17 Adorable Guide Dogs In Training That Will Put A Smile On Your Face

Work hard, play hard.

1. Today (April 30) is International Guide Dog Day.

Flickr: georgehawkins / Creative Commons
ID: 2865955

2. It’s a day to celebrate guide dogs - coz you gotta admit, they’re pretty damn amazing.

Flickr: 27811194@N07 / Creative Commons
ID: 2865983

3. In Australia, Labradors and Golden Retrievers are the main breeds used as guide dogs, mostly because of their temperament and intelligence.

Flickr: 27811194@N07 / Creative Commons
ID: 2865988

4. Puppies bred to be guide dogs have to go through a rigorous process before they can start work.

Flickr: 27811194@N07 / Creative Commons
ID: 2866000

5. When they are eight weeks old, a vet checks their health and suitability for work as a guide dog, and if they’re given the go ahead they go to live with specially selected “puppy raisers” for the next 12 months.

Flickr: 27811194@N07 / Creative Commons
ID: 2865997

6. Puppy raisers help socialise the future guide dogs, teach them obedience and get them used to the sights, sounds and smells they will encounter as working dogs.

Flickr: smerikal / Creative Commons
ID: 2866025

7. But most importantly, they give them lots of love and attention and help them become confident and happy dogs.

Flickr: jennnster / Creative Commons
ID: 2866030

8. The puppies are also visited by officers from guide dog organisations who take them on training walks and check their progress.

Flickr: 27811194@N07 / Creative Commons
ID: 2866055

9. When they’re 14 months old, the puppies go to the Guide Dogs Centre to spend two weeks being trained and assessed.

Flickr: 5wa / Creative Commons
ID: 2866062

10. They are assessed on their commitment to their work, especially their concentration skills and initiative.

Flickr: smerikal / Creative Commons
ID: 2866149

11. Puppies that don’t pass the guide dog test are sometimes turned into therapy pets - companion animals for people who are experiencing difficulties due to age, illness or disability.

Flickr: pamlane / Creative Commons
ID: 2866157

12. If they aren’t able to fulfill either of these roles, their puppy raisers are given the chance to adopt them as pets.

Flickr: dugspr / Creative Commons
ID: 2866166

13. If the puppies are considered good potential guide dogs, they go through five months of intensive training.

Flickr: louisa_catlover / Creative Commons
ID: 2866175

14. They are taught skills like stopping at all kerbs, boarding public transport, sitting quietly when necessary and walking in a straight line without being distracted.

Flickr: onigiri_chang / Creative Commons
ID: 2866271

15. Once they have successfully completed training, they’re matched with their person.

Flickr: smerikal / Creative Commons
ID: 2866312

16. When a guide dog has its harness on, it’s working - so it’s important not to distract it by trying to pet it or get its attention, or letting your dog go near it.

ID: 2866319

17. But guide dogs get plenty of down time when the harness comes off and they can play, rest and recharge.

ID: 2866334

18. Find out more about guide dogs and how you can support them here.

Flickr: georgehawkins / Creative Commons
ID: 2866343

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

Jenna Guillaume is a senior editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney.
  Your Reaction?


    Now Buzzing