Puppies can be career changed at any point during the program. Some of the puppies will be placed in another type of service capacity, if possible, or placed in the K-9 buddy program as a pet/companion for a young blind person.
The reasons the dogs are dropped from our programs are generally two-fold:
- Medical reasons (40%): anything from allergies to cataracts to varying severities of dysplasia (hip and elbow).
- Behavioral reasons (60%): high activity level, incompatibility with cats or other dogs, assertiveness requiring strong handler leadership. Some of these dogs may not be suitable for homes with young children or other pets.
If the puppy isn’t needed for these programs, the puppy will be placed in the dog adoption program. Visit www.guidedogs.com for further information about adopting a career change dog.