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Halston

Golden Retriever

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)

Gender: Female

Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques

Quick to learn and train

4/5

Emotionally stable

5/5

Family oriented

5/5

Child safety

5/5

Safe with small pets

5/5

Doesn’t bark a lot

4/5

Health

4/5

Easy to groom

3/5

Great watch dog

2/5

Great guard dog

2/5

Guide Dog Failure

By

United States

Posted April 10, 2014

Golden Retrievers are very gentle dogs and great with kids. They need regular brushing to prevent excessive shedding. Golden Retrievers love everyone! I've owned 2 Goldens and they were both very easy to train. Our second Golden, Halston, we raised from a puppy. She belonged to the Seeing Eye Guide dog program in Morristown, New Jersey. We attended "Puppy Club" where we learned how to train her for the blind. When she reached 18 months we had to give her back to the Seeing Eye so she could do more training and be placed with a blind person. It broke our hearts to give up this wonderful dog, but knew she would be a big help to someone who needed her. Then about 2 weeks later we got a call that Halston failed guide dog school because she was afraid of loud noises. They asked if we wanted her back and, of course, we said yes! We had Halston for 17 years and she was the sweetest dog ever.

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