The internet shows their love for an adorable puppy who was given guide dog status even though he fell asleep during his photo shoot.
A popular account on Twitter called @dog_rates shares cute pet videos and gives them ratings. Don’t worry, they’re all good reviews! The account has more than 9 million followers on the social media platform.
“This is Benny. He fell asleep during his guide dog initiation photo shoot. On December 10, we still think he has it in him,” they wrote.
With over 138,000 likes and 11,000 retweets on the post, Twitter users shared their love for Benny.
“I’ve watched this 20 times in a row and my heart just keeps smiling,” one user wrote.
Another commenter was very encouraging to the pup: “It’s okay little friend! Hang in there! Those are big shoes to fill, but we know you can do it!”
“Benny has so many responsibilities and duties. His little shoulders carry so much, he could barely hold himself up. But he will be the best guide dog he can be, because guide dogs are awesome,” replied one Twitter user.
“I’m going to admit this made me cry,” admitted another user.
One user exclaimed, “What a good boy!”
“He’s worked so hard, he deserves a nap,” one Twitter user said.
Another tweeted: “It demonstrates his sheer mastery of patiently waiting for his person to need him.”
“We’ve found the best dog of the day. Work hard and sleep hard,” said another Twitter user.
“OMG OMG, MY HEART IS MELTEDDDDDD,” one user shared their feelings.
One Twitter user exclaimed, “Coolest thing. Thing. EVER!”
“And Benny is going to be the BEST GUIDE DOG EVER WAS,” confirmed one user.
So what does it take for a dog to have one?? guide dog certification? Trainers look for a number of traits in a potential guide dog, including good memory; health, intelligence and willingness to learn; ability to concentrate for long periods of time and whether the pup can pay attention to touch and sound, per howstuffworks.com.
There are five stages in train a dog: foundations, basic, intermediate, advanced and class, per leaderdog.org.
- foundations: This is the first stage where the instructor gets to know his dog. The instructor teaches simple commands such as sit, lie and stay. They use treats to reinforce their demands. Here they are introduced to their guide harness.
- Base: Instructors train the dogs to stop at curbs, walk in a straight line, make turns and stop for cars in front of them. They take the dogs to neighborhoods and a somewhat busy area in the city. They also get a health check and blindfold the dog for an exam.
- intermediate: At this point, the dogs have been properly trained for larger areas such as large urban areas and overland travel. They learn about overhead obstacles and traffic responsibilities, such as walking on the left side of the road when there is no sidewalk.
- Advanced: This is known as the “hardest” part of the workout. Dogs need to learn what to do in complicated situations, such as many obstacles at once. They also get a health check and a blindfold test. They will also work with their ‘forever person’.
- Class: In this phase, the instructor pretends to be the guide dog with the client to teach them the specific phrases and commands they will use with their dog. Then the dogs go to their new owners and spend weeks practicing.
What are the skills a guide dog can do? According to guidedogs.com, they can help a person get from one place to another, stop for elevated paths such as curbs and stairs, avoid obstacles that get in the way, and stop for things that could injure the person. , including tree branches. However, guide dogs cannot read signs or find a new way to get around.