I’ve had some questions about how GDB works, so while I’m wating for my meeting with the instructor, I’m gonna post quickly.
At GDB for your first time, you go to the campus in San Rafael California for three weeks. Re-trains getting successor dogs can choose two or three week classes. So I left on February 15 and I’m coming home March 7.
We learn everything here in those three weeks. City travel, country travel, sidewalkless, building work, clicker training, basic commands, dog care, etc.
We graduate on March 6th and then we are a certified team. We can’t leave campus without an instructor until we graduate, by law. So an instructor is always with us, but they don’t always talk to us now, unless we ask questions.
When I get home, I’ll have liefetime support from the school. If I’m having problems, they will send someone to work with me. There is a person who lives in Arizona and he is called the field representative. So he’ll be the one to come if I need help.
They have a veterinary assistence program to help with medical costs, though I’m going to cover everything I possibly can. GDB is totally privately funded; no government assistence. So if I can afford something, I’ll cover it.
The whole training is covered, from airfare to room and board. We get three meals a day and there is snacks available too. Evern the coffee is provided. There is a housekeeping staff, a laundry room where soap is provided, what else. Oh we got a free supply , a year suppy of heart worm meds and flea nad tick drops as well as ear cleaning solution. We got all the equipment, harness, leash, tie ddown, grooming suppy and two toys. Oh and booties. What else hmmm. See, they’re so generous anyway. They even reimbursed me for the bag I had to check and they told me they’ll give me cash for the bags I’ll check on teh way home, but I’m not gonna take it. For the first 2 weeks they even came and got cash to get what we needed from the store.
So we’ll officially be a team on March 6. Not much longer!