In January, NBC’s TODAY television show added an attractive new face to the cast. He is friendly and engaging and viewers love him. Meet “Wrangler,” a Labrador Retriever puppy being raised for Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, New York.
Wrangler recently showed that he is far more than a television star with a pretty face when he passed the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test. The Canine Good Citizen test is a test of good manners for dogs and it is the first step in training. To pass the test, Wrangler had to show he could demonstrate 10 skills including sit, lie down, come, stay and behave appropriately in the presence of another dog.
Wrangler passed the test with flying colors. You might say that he now has his bonafides, or bone-afides in this case.
“Ed,” another Guiding Eyes puppy in training, also took the Canine Good Citizen test with Wrangler. For Ed, the test was a nice diagnostic to see how his basic training was coming along. At only 5 months old, Ed’s puppy raiser has already successfully taught him 80% of the Canine Good Citizen skills.
“We are very proud of Ed and Wrangler,” said Michelle Brier, Director of Marketing and Communications for Guiding Eyes. “It’s paramount that future guide dogs have extensive early training and socialization; these two special pups are progressing very nicely along their journey. Canine Good Citizen testing is a great goal for any dog owner.
Photo ID: Lorraine Trapani and Ed, Lisa Edwards, Saxon Eastman and Wrangler
About Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Guiding Eyes (www.guidingeyes.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides guide dogs to people with vision loss as well as service dogs to children with autism. The organization is passionate about connecting exceptional dogs with individuals and families for greater independence. Since its inception in 1954, Guiding Eyes has grown to be one of the foremost guide dog schools in the world, known for its accredited training programs and lifetime commitment to its graduating teams. Guiding Eyes is dependent upon contributions and volunteers to fulfill its mission and provides all services free of charge.