Chief + Sadie
In April 2014, Frontline Plus, Heartgard Plus and PETstock stores partnered up to raise $60,000 for Guide Dogs Australia, the cost of raising two Guide Dog puppies.
The $60,000 donation resulted from Frontline Plus, Heartgard Plus providing $30,000 to PETstock Assist and this being matched by PETstock.
A Facebook competition helped name the two sponsored puppies Chief, who is a black male Labrador, and Sadie, a blond female Labrador.
Keep track of Chief and Sadie, our sponsored Guide Dog puppies! Regular ‘Pupdates’ can be found here!
Chief Pupdate - September 2015
Over the past few months Chief has received introductory training from our experienced Guide Dog instructors including navigating busy streets, public transport and shopping centres. He has grown to be a very well-rounded pup and has developed effective life skills including the ability to obey standard commands like sit, stay and drop, and good obedience such as sitting and waiting for food and walking nicely on the lead.
As a gentle soul, Chief will take the skills he has learnt into his new life as a much-loved part of a local family. While he will not go on to become an official working Guide Dog, Chief has already touched the lives of plenty of people with his charming temperament and cheeky personality. He will certainly make a loving and trusty companion for one very lucky home.
Not all our pups are equipped to become Guide Dogs, which is why we rely on donations to constantly train new recruits. Although Chief will be leaving the program, your gift has helped us to continue the breeding and training of future Guide Dogs and has been of immense value to the work that we do for people with impaired vision.
On behalf of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and all the people we serve, thank you for your tremendous support.
Chief Pupdate - February 2015
Chief Pupdate - September 2014
Sadie Pupdate - September 2015
Sadie has now woofed “Goodbye” to her Puppy Raisers and moved into our Guide Dogs Centre to start her official training.
Each pup completes 5 months of intensive training before being assessed on the skills required for a successful Guide Dog career.
The Guide Dogs Trainers begin with simple commands and progress to more challenging tasks, with plenty of positive reinforcement provided along the way. The trainers will be paying close attention to each dog, including Sadie, and tailoring the training to suit her personality.
At the Guide Dogs Centre, the pups train on a specially designed track that introduces them to different surfaces, textures and obstacles that they might face when guiding their future handler.
They are also taken on extensive training walks outside the centre where they learn to navigate challenging areas and be prepared for unanticipated situations.
In order to graduate, Sadie will be assessed on a whole range of skills needed to guide her handler in both rural and busy city areas, on a variety of public transport and through confusing, crowded spaces. The hardest part for many pups is learning to ignore distractions like food, smells and other animals.
Although Sadie is missing her Puppy Raisers, she’s sure to be enjoying her time at the Guide Dogs Centre. Each dog is provided with a private kennel and drinking tray, plenty of food, and even personal grooming! Sadie also gets lots of down time – there are large grass areas where the recruits can socialise with each other and get their exercise.
Thanks to your support, Sadie is one step closer to becoming a caring and responsible Guide Dog for someone who is blind or vision impaired.
Sadie Pupdate - February 2015
Sadie Pupdate - September 2014