Education is important to help prepare us for the real world. We get our education not just from the classrooms or from books, but we also learn through practice. This is what Rutgers University and The Seeing Eye had in mind when they decided to team up. The Seeing Eye is the oldest guide dog school in the country, and their doggos can learn a thing or two in a university.
You won’t be seeing these pups enrolled in a business course though, but you probably might see them inside the classroom. Rutgers students are tasked to team up with these dogs, and they will be bringing them everywhere they go, even in the classroom. These dogs will be guide dogs in the future, and this simulates their future owner, taking them to different places.
The pups learn basic commands from the students they are partnered with; laying a solid foundation of obedience, which will be vital for them to be certified as future guide dogs. The Rutgers University campus is a big one, with lots of people and activities taking place in every corner. This is the perfect stage to simulate the different kinds of environments they will be exposed to.
If ever they get certified as guide dogs, their owner will be 100% dependent on them. It is crucial for them that they do not get spooked by anything they may face in the real world and that they obey all the commands given to them. The program makes sure that the pups will be ready, come certification day.
The dogs aren’t the only ones who benefit from this program, the students do too. Studying at a university takes a lot of work, and these students could use all the help they need to release some stress. Having the pups around gives them much-needed therapy, and it helps them relax and forget about the daily grind. The only thing the students want in return is that they don’t eat their homework.
Credits: Rutgers Today