PAD Davy visited our wonderful veterinarians today because we were concerned with one of his eyes. Our team was very disheartened to learn that sweet Davy has entropion in one of his eyes that requires surgery. Thankfully, the veterinarians are positive that with surgery, PAD Davy will be able to continue training with PAD and have no lasting affects! If you’d like to read about entropion, you can click here.
PAD Davy’s medication prior to surgery (scheduled for 2/19/13), surgery itself, and post op medications will be approximately $1,500. Please consider making a small donation to help Davy get back to his training! You can donate by clicking below or email us (info[at]padcentral.org) if you’d like to donate directly to the veterinary clinic!
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PAD Davy is an incredible 7 month old Labradoodle puppy, who was donated by the wonderful breeder Bad Company Labradoodles. For those of you that know PAD Charming Charlie, the same breeder graciously donated him, too! After volunteer trainers Alicia Gautille and Laura Stumpf tested his litter, he was chosen and began training in PAD’s small puppy program. PAD Davy Jones’ Locker (named after the pirate because he was donated on National Talk Like a Pirate Day) is learning the necessary skills to become a solid working dog. Around 1 year he will meet any potential partners on our waiting list, and be preliminarily matched with the most suited partner. Once matched he will be trained for the specific needs which could be: pulling a manual wheelchair, alerting to sounds, retrieving out of reach items and more!
PAD Charming was donated to our program by his breeder, B-C Labradoodle’s. He is a sweet, mellow puppy that likes nothing more than to lay at your feet chewing on a nylabone. In training, he is make suitable advancements on a regular basis, and will suit someone very well that desires or needs a laid back dog that is low shedding.
PAD Charming, and all of our dogs in training are neutered when our veterinarians at Palmyra Animal Clinic say the puppy is ready. In this evaluation they take the puppies breed, size, health and behaviors into consideration.
For example, PAD Rayhill was neutered at 16 weeks of age. This was decided because he had a higher than typical level of arousal. Rayhill is excelling in training and loves to work for that “click”!
PAD Charming will be neutered and while under he will also have a HomeAgain microchip implanted. Our dogs receive the highest level of medical care during this surgery not only because our veterinary clinic one of the best in central PA but also because we opt in for the most beneficial and safest options available. For instance, all of out puppies have there incisions done by laser, instead of the traditional cut. This decreases the healing time (very important for dogs in training!) as well as the risk of infection and the over all pain involved.
We neuter all of our dogs in training for many reasons. Behaviorally it is significantly documented and proven that dogs are less aggressive, less likely to roam or wander, and less likely to ever learn to mark.
We are very blessed to have access to such a wonderful vet clinic and have had great success with each of our puppies at Palmyra Animal Clinic. We appreciate your continued support and without it could not train assistance dogs to place with individuals with disabilities at no cost to them!
We take many characteristics and attributes into consideration when choosing a suitable puppy for our training program. We first discuss with the caretaker of the litter everything that we’re looking for in that puppy and then ask them which puppy in their opinion, most matches that criteria. We then run through a list of specific situations with each puppy including:
Natural desire to follow
Reaction to being held off the ground
After all of this information is gathered, we decide together which puppy is best suited for our program. According to many research studies, tests like this done at such a young age, are great guidelines for showing one specific thing: if the puppy is fearful or not. Taking this into consideration reminds us that all dogs in training in the US have a 50/50 chance of success, so we will continue to evaluate each dog in training.
We were granted the incredible opportunity to chose a puppy from Bad Company Labradoodles, to be donated to our training program.
We are ecstatic to welcome PAD Charming to our program!
We will pick up Charming on Friday, January 17th and update everyone on his training regularly on our Facebook fanpage!