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Who cleans up after seeing eye dogs????????????

Posted by on Jul. 10, 2012 at 8:07 AM
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Who Cleans Up After Seeing Eye Dogs?
by Matt Soniak - September 27, 2011 - 10:23 PM

Dog turds are stealth weapons. People with 20/20 vision often fail to notice them until they appear hours later, on the bottom of a shoe. How the heck is someone who can't see supposed to track down and eliminate these sidewalk scourges, then?


First off, not everyone who is legally blind or has a guide dog is completely without vision. Some still have some vision and can pick up their dog's mess just fine.

Whether the dog's handler can see anything or not, you have to keep in mind that these dogs are pros. They guide their handlers through some very complex environments and make sure they don't fall over obstacles or walk into oncoming traffic. This, of course, requires a lot of training. And part of that training involves special bathroom etiquette.

When the dogs start their training as puppies, they're taught to associate a specific verbal command with the green light to go ahead and squat. The dogs only go on command. (These commands vary among trainers - some I've heard are "busy busy," "do your business" and "go time.") The dogs are also conditioned to not freak out when they get touched while doing their business.

 With a well-trained dog, a blind handler can give the command to go, and pet the dog once it has found a spot and started to go. Dogs go into different stances depending on whether they're peeing or pooping, and by running a hand down the dog's back, the handler can figure out what's going on. If the dog's back is flat, it's peeing - male guide dogs are trained to not lift their leg when peeing; they utilize the same "lean forward" pee stances that females use - and no cleanup if needed. If the dog's back is rounded, handlers know some cleanup will be required. By feeling their way down the dog's back to its butt and tail, they have a pretty good idea of where the poop is going to wind up. Once the dog is finished, the handler just leans down with their plastic bag and can find the poop pretty easily.



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MIA0223
by Michelle on Jul. 10, 2012 at 8:58 AM
Interesting!
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sweettigeress
by on Jul. 11, 2012 at 8:25 AM

interesting.

Barabell
by on Jul. 11, 2012 at 9:43 AM

This is interesting.

Cara5
by on Jul. 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM
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Yup! We are working on this very skill right now.  At the moment, Kody doesnt go anywhere alone, and doggy doo is one of the grown ups jobs, but shes learning.  The reason its not her job just yet is that she doesnt quite have a grasp on "Holy fing nasty, don't put your bare hands on that!"  (Yeah, she tries to pick it up with her bare hands!) 

Monsters command is very simply "Go potty". We wanted it to be the same words Kody knew for going to the bathroom so she would understand what he was doing.  

He is also trained to use puppy pads, so for instance when we are in an airport and there isnt time to find the doggy area (or there isnt one!) we go into the bathroom, put a puppy pad on the floor, he does his business and we wrap it up like a diaper and throw it away! 

Hows that for a well trained dog LOL! 

Courtney610
by Courtney on Jul. 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

That is interesting!! 

EireLass
by Ruby Member on Jul. 14, 2012 at 6:56 PM
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They have companies that do this for you. They come to your house on a schedule to pick up after your pets.

MrsN12
by on Jul. 14, 2012 at 7:09 PM
I never thought about that. That is very interesting.
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maciymommieof3
by Angie on Jul. 14, 2012 at 7:37 PM
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 I know right? My sister lives next to an owner of one such company...the kids get the biggest kick when we go to her house and they see their truck w/a big dalmatian on it and "pooper scoopers" written on it as well....Oh..and the other funny thing is that her other neighboor is a St. Louis County Police Officer w/ a canine...LOL

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They have companies that do this for you. They come to your house on a schedule to pick up after your pets.

 


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LCG83
by on Jul. 14, 2012 at 7:42 PM
Hmm neat.
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