This is Winnie. She is a ten week old lab and is just adorable! If you look at her tag in the first image you can see that it says “leader dog.” My cousin’s daughter, Jordan, is training Winnie to be a leader dog for the blind. I think this is wonderful but even more so because Jordan is only 12 years old and she was determined to become a leader dog trainer. She called the company, filled out the paperwork and interviewed with them. I’m very impressed with her tenacity.
The hardest part of the training is that you really can’t treat them as a puppy/house pet. There are lots of strict rules to be followed in order to train a dog to be discplined for this type of work. She does get some puppy play time but a lot of her time is being spent learning discipline so that she will be focused and help her owner. I think with Jordan training her, Winnie will make a great leader dog.